Explore. Create. Engage.

UCA Theatre Students…

…create onstage

to gain experience in all aspects of theatre working on faculty, guest, and student-directed productions.

…explore in the classroom

in a generalist program that equips students with a wide range of courses in acting, design, directing, theatre history, and text analysis. Majors can earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

…experience professional theatre

on group trips at little or no cost.

…engage with other artists

working and networking with regional and nationally acclaimed guest artists each semester.

…broaden their skills

through UCA Theatre’s annual stage combat training and certification in a range of weapons under the Society of American Fight Directors.

…take advantage of financial opportunities

including $15,000 in scholarships and over $24,000 in work-study opportunities awarded each academic year.

…get involved

with the many opportunities UCA Theatre offers including traveling abroad to study theatre in London, interning with the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, attending national auditions and conferences, participating in the national honorary theatre society, Alpha Psi Omega, or the UCA Theatre stage combat fight club, Bear Brawlers, and so much more.

…expand their professional experience

and networks through interning with the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, a professional theatre company housed at UCA. Each year the company brings in professional actors and technicians from across the country to produce a selection of Bard’s plays along with other productions in its summer festival in Conway.

UCA Theatre Brief Mission Statement

UCA Theatre engages the student in diverse experiences that emphasize artistic process, self-evaluation, and the connection of academic rigor to realized production.

UCA Theatre Tagline

“Explore. Create. Engage.”

UCA Theatre Mission & Goals

With an emphasis on collaboration and process, the BA in Theatre grounds each student in the fundamentals of acting, directing, design, technical theatre, and dramaturgy, and allows pursuit of advanced specialty in each of these areas.  The program seeks to connect theatre study and practice to its historical and social contexts, and encourages students to engage with their communities and with the wider world. The Theatre program celebrates the UCA Core values of Critical Inquiry, Communication, Responsible Living, and Diversity.

UCA Theatre promotes excellence in the classroom and on the stage. Students are given production opportunities to direct, stage manage, dramaturg, or take the lead in scenic, costume, lighting, sound, properties, and/or makeup design. Our program is co-curricular, providing a creative forum where theories taught in the classroom can be applied.

 N.A.S.T. Accreditation

UCA Theatre is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. This accreditation assures students and parents that the UCA Theatre program meets professional standards in theatre education and training as set fourth by the association.