Create Theatre from Day One
Miami’s Department of Theatre is an intimate community of students, faculty, and staff committed to exploring theatre and drama for personal growth and social change. We aim to Make Theatre Make a Difference, and can't think of a better way to explore, articulate, and share our stories than through the art of theatre. Students are at the center of all we do. Our academic degrees are designed to allow students to tailor a course of study suited to their personal interests. Students may pursue general studies in theatre or specialize by taking courses in areas such as acting, design (scenic, costume, lighting), technology, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, and more.
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Curriculum and Courses
Our theatre program is committed to developing creative thinkers with artistic vision through a program that emphasizes the interplay between critical thinking and artistic practice.
THE 131 Principles of Acting
THE 200 Production and Performance Practicum
THE 398 London Theatre
THE 316 Dramaturgy
THE 318 Playwriting
At Miami, there is something for everyoneCourse Catalog
Our alumni work in all areas of the entertainment industry, from Broadway to major motion pictures and beyond. They also develop many highly valuable skills that make them valuable employees for any job; the communication and collaboration skills theatre majors develop are highly transferable. This major helps prepare students for opportunities including theater production or performance, as well as many related areas such as advertising, arts management, dance, television, film, live entertainment, recreation, and academia.
As a theatre major at Miami, you have the flexibility to design your college experience as a thriving artist – study abroad, create your own work, and build a professional network!
Study Away or Abroad
The Department of Theatre faculty offer a variety of opportunities to experience theatre around the world including: London, New York City, Ireland and Barcelona!Study Abroad and Away
Student Content Creation
The Department of Theatre offers multiple opportunities for students to create original work. The annual Independent Artist Series is our “storefront” festival that produces student projects in a company model. The MU Fringe Festival supports new projects in all forms: dance, theatre, film and more!View Production Season
The Department of Theatre generates thriving artists! We build career skills throughout your time at Miami with classes like THE 301 Professional Practice, internships, opportunities to work with professional guest artists and alums, and a senior networking trip to Chicago..Meet Our Thriving Artists
Facts and Stats
Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.
First-to-second year retention
Miami University Data
Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate
The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac
of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019
Miami University Data
The professors at Miami are extremely helpful. They all want you to succeed. They have their own connections, too, and they will help you network like nobody’s business. They will reach out and help you in any way they can.
Kate Herman ’20
Theatre, Arts Management
This is Where Your Journey to Miami University Begins.
Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success.
In addition to the general university application, you should arrange an audition/interview with the department. Special admission on the basis of outstanding talent is available. Auditions/interviews are held on campus during designated Theatre Days, usually held twice during the academic year. (For registration information, visit the Department of Theatre or call 513-529-3053). Alternate dates or video auditions may be arranged if necessary.
At the audition/interview you must present two examples of your creative work. This may include monologues, a song, a portfolio of artistic work (e.g., set designs, costume renderings, photographs) or a portfolio of your written work (e.g., plays, creative writing, essays). For a complete list of possibilities and for application questions, visit the Department of Theatre. Creative materials may be presented in person or submitted via postal mail. At the interview, theatre faculty will explore your interest in theatre.
Miami students are an eclectic mix of thinkers, doers, leaders and followers, introverts and extroverts, authors, painters, climbers, coders, pianists, philanthropists, and gamers. Just to name a few.