The Theatre program is unique on the West Coast because it is focused entirely on undergraduate students. As a result, students experience close working relationships with faculty who are specialists in every aspect of theatrical study. The process of gaining theatrical skills and building portfolios comes from hands-on experience staging productions in two theatres every term.
Theatre majors reap the benefits of the University's close proximity to the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). The Theatre Arts program employs OSF actors, directors, and designers as guest artists and adjunct faculty, so students work directly with professionals in their field. In addition, qualified students can get their foot in the door through a variety of internships at local theatres. Designated a Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts by the Oregon University System (OUS), Southern Oregon University is the longest-standing OUS institution to offer the preprofessional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre.
The BA degree option provides a broad liberal arts education with the opportunity to explore a wide range of subject areas. The BS degree does not require foreign language study. Students pursuing the BA and BS degree are expected to complete a capstone experience during their senior year.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre
The BFA degree is appropriate for students who are preparing for professional careers in theatre. BFA candidates must select an area of concentration for their degree. Admission to the BFA is by audition/interview occurs no earlier than the end of a student's sophomore year. Students pursuing the BFA degree are expected to complete a thesis project in their area of concentration.
An intensive program specifically designed for working high school and community college theatre teachers provides thorough training in the essential script analysis, design, and production aspects of the theatrical process. For more on this program, please visit sou.edu/mots/.
The Shakespeare Studies minor draws on the resources of seven academic departments and programs, the 10,000-volume Margery Bailey Renaissance Collection, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. For more on this program, please visit Shakespeare Studies.
For details on the process of pursuing the BA, BS, and BFA degree, please see the current Student Handbook PDF document located on the sidebar above.
The SOU theatre department provides our BA, BS and BFA theatre major students with access to dance, voice and musical theatre-specific electives as part of our Musical Theatre Studies program. Beginning in the 2018-2019 catalog year we will be offering a Musical Theatre Minor. The department produces one musical per year as one of our six productions - however, there have been years in which no musical production is mounted. Students may work with the theatre and music programs to explore private voice lessons or music foundational courses in addition to any regularly offered coursework in the theatre department. All our productions are open audition and we welcome anyone with musical theatre interest and experience to join us.