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Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Arts


Nazareth’s theatre arts degree program hones your talents and prepares you for a life in the arts. Every day in classrooms, rehearsal halls, and studio settings, you will train to reach new depths and use your talents to move audiences.

You will study a variety of areas — from technical and design courses to acting and directing. These courses offer a thorough grounding in the history and philosophies behind theatre works, as well as the ability to analyze plays for production.


  • Provides a broad and thorough preparation in the most important areas of theatre.
  • Concentrations and specializations in acting, technical theatre, design, or history.
  • Particularly in production work, the program provides hands-on opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and collaboration.
  • Strong liberal arts and sciences foundation strengthens critical thinking and awareness of the world and its heritages.
  • In the summer after junior year, a required internship helps facilitate the transition to the profession.
  • Our collaboration with Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival enhances training and learning opportunities and creates an intensive professional track training program, rivaling many national programs.
  • Intern at a theatre in Florence or Barcelona, connect with theatre education and development initiatives in Ecuador, and more.

How to Audition

Auditions are required for this major. View audition details and register.

Fully immersed

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Specialize your education in acting, technical, design, or history

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Peform early and often on stage in Nazareth's Arts Center

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Hone your craft abroad in South America, Europe, and more

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Get real-world training at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

Example internships/field experiences

  • Meg Pantera The Agency
  • KSR Talent Agency
  • Oregon Cabaret Theatre
  • Playhouse on Park, CT


Unique to Nazareth, our SPARK Grant provides $1,500 for you to pursue internships, research, and study abroad, plus up to $2,500 in a tuition scholarship for summer SPARK-eligible experiences that earn credit. SPARK stories »

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Your life's work

Example Careers

  • Dramaturg
  • Stage manager
  • Stage director
  • Production designer
  • Actor
  • Talent agent
  • Theatre reviewer
  • Teacher

Employers/graduate schools

  • Juilliard
  • The Hartford Stage Company
  • Yale University
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Mary Tiballi, alumna of the theatre arts major, theater arts degree program at Nazareth College NY

Alumni Spotlight

Mary Tiballi, executive director of Blackfriars Theatre

"No matter where my path takes me, it all started for me the moment I walked into the spotlight at Naz. The theatre program has given me so much — an appreciation for every area of production, an amazing support system of professional artists, and countless memories that I will forever cherish."