The World's Your Stage

Marquette Theatre Majors are professionally trained creators, collaborators, leaders, and thinkers who are prepared to grow, adapt, and change the world through the performing arts. Our student-oriented program offers a strong liberal arts education with a social justice focus.  

A Program of Professional Excellence

Marquette University is accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre). We are among a select group of programs nation-wide recognized for meeting NAST standards of excellence in teaching theatre. We are committed to helping you develop professionally while giving you a high quality education.

Read the theatre arts department mission statement.

Take Center Stage

Starting day one, be a part of a busy main-stage production season, as well as film projects and studio productions. You can design and build sets, create costumes, and bring characters to life. You will work with professionals in the classroom and on set to develop your skills from acting, to lighting, scenic and costume design, to technical production, stage and arts management

Raise the Curtain

Mere blocks from Milwaukee's theatre district, our location allows students to collaborate or intern with professional companies such as the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Chamber Theatre, First Stage, Renaissance Theatreworks, Next Act and the Boulevard Ensemble. 

Take a Bow

Our graduates are successful. They are working on Broadway, in film, and on TV or pursuing graduate degrees across the country. Recent employers include Dreamworks, 20th Century Fox and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Our students have won Academy Awards, Tonys and Emmys.

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.

For more information, check out the curriculum for the Theatre Arts major or Theatre Arts minor, or contact Dr. Amanda Keeler, Digital Media and Performing Arts department chair.

  • Possible Careers
  • Sample Internships
  • Recent Employers
  • Actor
  • Agent
  • Casting Director
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Dance Choreographer
  • Director
  • Educational Outreach Programmer
  • Entertainment Lawyer
  • Literary Manager
  • Master Electrician
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Screenwriter
  • Set / Costume / Sound / Lighting Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatre/Box Office Manager
  • Theatre Professor or Teacher
  • Vocal Coach

We have great opportunities for you to collaborate or intern with professional companies from Milwaukee's rich theatre district, just blocks away. Recent examples include:

  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • Chamber Theatre
  • Renaissance Theatreworks
  • First Stage
  • Next Act
  • Boulevard Ensemble
  • Jennifer's Talent Agency

Nearly all of our recent students who seek employment get the job of their choice. Here are some places you'll find recent graduates:

  • Dreamworks
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Yale School of Drama
  • American Players Theatre
  • Broadway
  • Fox Network
  • Cleveland Playhouse
  • George Street Playhouse
  • Hilbery Repertory Theater
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • New York's Playwrights Horizon
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago
  • The Second City

Our graduates are also signed with esteemed Agencies such as: Vanguard Management, New York; Paradigm Management, Los Angeles and New York; and Media Artists, Los Angeles.