Bachelor of Theatre Arts in Theatre

Department of Theatre & Drama

Designed for students who seek a well-rounded, substantive theatre education within the framework of a solid liberal arts education. The BTA is not a performance program; it is designed for students who want to pursue careers in areas such as production management, arts administration, dramaturgy, or teaching.


The Bachelor of Theatre Arts requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 66% within SMTD and 33% within the liberal arts. BTA students take a core of theatre courses and also a significant number of elective courses from a broad range of theatre offerings such as Theatre Forum, Playwriting, Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies, History of Dress, History of Decor, Theatre and Incarceration and Performing Arts Administration. The BTA provides flexibility for students who are interested in developing a minor area of study. In consultation with your program advisor, students may customize the program to fit personal academic or career goals.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Acting
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Theatre History, Literature, Criticism
  • Technical Theatre
  • Stage Management
  • Theatre History
  • Practice as Research

Liberal arts coursework to include:

First Year Writing , Shakespeare’s plays, Upper-level writing, screen arts & culture elective, and academic electives from across the U-M

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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Priscilla Lindsay Chair, acting, directing
Daniel Cantor acting, directing
José Casas playwriting
Antonio Cuyler guest artist
Gary Decker scenic & lighting design
Antonio Disla guest artist
Gillian Eaton acting
Anita Gonzalez global theatre
Jessica Hahn costume design
Amy E. Hughes theatre history
Holly Hughes performance art
Kevin Judge guest artist
Tzveta Kassabova movement
Ashley Lucas Prison Creative Arts Project
Janet Maylie acting
Judith Moreland guest artist
Rob Murphy scenic and lighting design
Christianne Myers costume design
Mbala Nkanga world performance, theatre studies
Sarah M. Oliver, costume design
Geoff Packard
Christina Traister acting, stage combat
Malcolm Tulip acting, directing, movement
Nancy Uffner stage management
E.J. Westlake theatre history

associated faculty
Toni Auletti scenic painting
Enoch Brater dramatic literature
Patrick Drone properties
Douglas Edwards technical theatre
Tommy Gomez
Jake Hooker
Andy Kirshner Interarts performance
Petra Kuppers performance studies
Jeffrey Kuras arts management
Richard Lindsay technical theatre
Henry Reynolds sound design