Theatre Performance

The SCA Theatre BFA Performance program offers a rigorous, dynamic approach to contemporary theatre practice. The program is respected nationally and internationally for its unique emphasis on ensemble techniques, physical practice, devising, and dramaturgy. Graduates of the theatre program find professional work around the world; many have continued their studies in graduate schools across North America.

For information about applying to the program, please follow the links at the Future Students section of our site.

Program Information

Students enter the program through an audition process for direct entry into the Theatre major in the first year, or through transfer credit from colleges and university programs. Our studio cohort approach emphasizes rigorous artist training in both individual work and ensemble creation. Performance students take studio courses in acting, movement, voice, playmaking, clown, directing, devising and dramaturgy; academic courses in critical and dramatic literature; and courses outside the discipline with a special emphasis on production and design. An honors degree allows our top-ranked students an opportunity to extend their studies and take further advantage of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Students at every level of the program have performance opportunities with mainstage productions directed by guest professionals (Fall) and faculty (Spring), student directing projects (Fall), and a student-directed playmaking blackbox (Spring). In addition, students often collaborate with students from other areas of the School for Contemporary Arts (Dance, Film, Music, Production/Design, Visual Arts) and in graduate student projects and faculty performance research.

Many alumni of the Theatre Performance Program have gone on to launch independent theatre companies known nationally and internationally for an ensemble approach and innovative productions.

To see detailed descriptions of the program options in the Theatre Performance area, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Photo: Paula Viitanen


The curriculum for the performance stream includes:

  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Directing
  • Playmaking
  • Clowning
  • Dramatic literature
  • Dramaturgy
  • Story structure
  • Stage management
  • Production and technology
Photo: Paula Viitanen


Visit our Undergraduate information page to find out about the application process and timeline for the SCA Theatre Performance area.

Desire Line Sessions

Connecting people, celebrating collaboration and dialogue in and across the arts ~

  • Matt Ross – September 29, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • Urs Schönebaum – October 15, 2020 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Okwui Opokwasili + Peter Born – October 22, 2020 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Dr. Bertie Ferdman – October 29, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Yiannis Christofides – November 5, 2020 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Marsha Ginsberg – November 19, 2020 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Open to all SCA students, the Desire Line Sessions brings together creative practitioners from across the performing arts for engaged yet informal conversation.

For more information or to be invited to join the event (SCA students and faulty only), please contact the SCA's Erika Latta.

All interested SCA students can RSVP online HERE.