Bachelor of Theatre Arts in Theatre

Department of Theatre & Drama

The Bachelor of Theatre Arts (BTA) program in SMTD’s Department of Theatre & Drama gives independent-thinking, entrepreneurial theatre-makers and arts managers the ability to create a course of study supporting their unique interests. The program’s flexibility and interdisciplinarity makes the BTA particularly attractive to undergraduates wishing to pursue a minor or second major at the university. BTA students complete coursework and hands-on learning experiences in a wide range of areas, including performing arts management, playwriting, global theatre and ethnic studies, theatre and social change, practice-as-research, education, and stage management.

Welcome to the BTA Program!

Featuring greetings from Nya Johnson ’23, Sierra Miliziano ’21, and Dana Pierangeli ’22.

Learn more about the student experience from current BTA students.


The Bachelor of Theatre Arts requires a minimum of 120 credits: roughly half of the coursework must be within SMTD; the other half may be taken in other schools at U-M. 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 Playwriting, Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies, Performing Arts Management, African American Drama, History of Decor, Theatre and Incarceration, Latina/o Theatre for Social Change, Solo Performance, and Multicultural Acting. The BTA provides flexibility for students who are interested in developing a minor area of study or pursuing a second major. In consultation with the program advisor, students may customize the program to fit personal academic or career goals.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Acting
  • Design
  • Script Analysis
  • Theatre History, Literature, Criticism
  • Technical Theatre
  • Stage Management
  • Professional Development (BTA Forum)
  • Immersive Learning (internship, fieldwork, study abroad, or equivalent)

Liberal arts coursework to include:

First-Year Writing, Upper-level writing, Race & Ethnicity 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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Christianne Myers Interim Chair, costume design
Daniel Cantor acting, directing
José Casas playwriting
Antonio Cuyler arts management
Antonio Disla performance, African-American drama
Jess Fialko production and lighting
Dipu Gupta digital media
Jake Hooker theatre history, community engagement
Amy E. Hughes theatre history
Holly Hughes performance art
Foster Johns voice and speech, acting
Kevin Judge scenic design
Tzveta Kassabova movement
Priscilla Lindsay acting, directing
Ashley Lucas, theatre for social change
Rob Murphy scenic and lighting design
Mbala Nkanga world performance, theatre studies
Sarah M. Oliver costume technology and design
Geoff Packard acting, directing, playwriting
Emilio Rodriquez playwriting
Ari Solotoff arts management
Christina Traister acting, stage combat
Malcolm Tulip acting, directing, movement
Nancy Uffner stage management
Christopher Vergara resident designer
Samantha White  arts management, guest director


Toni Auletti scenic painting
Enoch Brater dramatic literature
Laura Brinker, costumes
Patrick Drone properties
Douglas Edwards technical theatre
Andy Kirshner Interarts performance
Petra Kuppers performance studies
Jeffrey Kuras arts management
Richard Lindsay technical theatre
Henry Reynolds sound design