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Artistic and Intellectual Excellence in Theatre

The BFA in Theatre is geared for those students focused on future careers as performers, technicians, designers.

The BA in Theatre promotes a broad array of coursework with a flexible approach to specialization for a more comprehensive and well-rounded education in theatre studies. The BA is particularly appropriate for young directors, stage managers, and dramaturgs. This degree plan balances analysis and creativity with the awareness of theatre's importance to society.

The University of Southern Mississippi in an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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6shows produced each academic year
3theatres for public performances
4showings of National Theatre Live

What Will I Learn?

In a production-oriented environment, students take courses in:

  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Design & Technology, including Lighting and Sound, Costuming, and Scenery
  • Theatre History
  • Professional Preparation

A selection of additional coursework tailored to individual student interest.

Faculty Highlight: Craig Dettman

Professor Dettman served as the producer for the 42nd active year of the Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) in the summer of 2018. A lighting and sound design faculty member, Dettman also offered his creative skills to the SAT season.


  • Actor
  • Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Carlos Nine, 2012
    Entertainment Tech lead/lighting designer at King's Dominion; graduate student at Texas State University.
  • Chris Marroy, 2010
    Freelance actor in Los Angeles; member of SAG/AFTRA.
  • Kaylyn Kriaski, 2015
    Stage manager at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; company management intern at Hanger Theatre.