Educate Us. Inform Us. Entertain Us.

We believe the successful theatre student is well rounded. At Marquette, you can design and build stage sets, create costumes and bring characters to life through movement, voice and music. Choose from a wide selection of courses in acting and directing for stage and camera, as well as theatre history, scenery, lighting, dance, costume design and stage/production/arts management. Study the breadth of theatrical fields and — through Marquette’s broad liberal arts curriculum — learn to connect the performing arts to other disciplines.

Marquette University is accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre). This means we are among a select group of programs nation-wide to have been recognized as meeting and maintaining certain standards of excellence in teaching theatre. We are committed to helping you develop professionally while giving you the best theatre education that we can. To learn more about our philosophy as educators, check out our Theatre Arts Mission or contact Dr. Ana Garner, our department chair.

Raise the curtain.

You can engage right away in your first year as part of our busy, five main-stage production season, as well as on film projects and studio productions. Performances range from the classics to contemporary pieces, including musicals, comedies, children's theatre, dramas and experimental theatre. An exciting feature of our season is that we always feature one show that highlights the theme of social justice.

Our high-quality production values will challenge you to do your best work as a designer, technician and / or performer.

Take center stage.

Our small class sizes and close-knit department allow for unique individual attention and opportunities. You'll quickly find your place in our "hands on", collaborative environment. Our faculty is committed to giving you every opportunity to grow in our student-first program.

Make professional connections while you study.

Located in downtown Milwaukee, we have close connections to numerous professional companies. We regularly have professional guest actors, directors and designers working with you on productions and in the classroom. Being able to see professional theatre regularly is also an important part of a young artist's education. In addition, we have regular Professional Collaborations, co-productions with strong professional companies in Milwaukee as well as numerous internship opportunities, such as the summer internships Artistic Director Lenny Banovez has provided to five theatre arts students.


We are very proud of the success of our graduates. Nearly all of our recent graduates who seek employment get the job of their choice. Recent employers include Dreamworks, 20th Century Fox and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. About 20 percent of our graduates pursue and are accepted into graduate programs to earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree in acting, directing or design. Our students have won Academy Awards, Tonys and Emmys; they are working on Broadway, in film, and on T.V. Be a part of our success and schedule your audition today!

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the Theatre Arts major, the graduate is able to:

  • Apply basic knowledge of the processes and practices of Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Production Technology, Stage Management and Scenic, Costume, Lighting and Sound Design to producing theatre productions.
  • Demonstrate theatrical collaboration and respect for all the contribution of the production team.
  • Analyze the role of theatre throughout history as a cultural force.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills in preparation for their chosen path after graduation for professional success.