Make the World Your Stage. Prepare for a Standing Ovation.

Grab hold of your dreams and turn them into reality with the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree from Nova Southeastern University. Whether you choose to concentrate on acting for stage and screen, musical theatre or design and technical production, you’ll be ready to excel as a professional theatre artist.

NSU’s B.A. in Theatre covers everything in the ensemble-based program. You’ll learn how to produce theatre while applying professional practices. With a broad knowledge of historical periods and styles, you’ll create theatre that is culturally conscious, innovative, and dynamic. You can explore the entrepreneurial aspects of theatre being a part of the student production company, Stage 2 Productions.

The theatre program offers you opportunities to engage with an entire community of directors, designers, choreographers, artistic directors, and performers as you create productions that attract audiences from across the university and the local community. When you complete the program, you’ll be set to collaborate with professionals as a performer or theatre technician/designer. You’ll also be ready for a graduate program of your choosing.

Why Should You Major in Theatre at NSU?

Explore Acting for Stage and Screen, Directing, Design, Dramaturgy and More

NSU’s Theatre program prepares you for graduate school; jobs in the arts and entertainment industry; and a variety of careers that employ experienced critical thinkers, communicators and innovative collaborators. Some of the professional positions you can pursue as a graduate include arts administrator, arts council manager, audience relations specialist, casting director, drama therapist, entertainment agent/manager, event planner, literary manager, motivational speaker, producer, stage and screen actor, stage and screen designer and more.  

Learn more about Career Preparation

Average Starting Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for actors in 2019 was $20.43. Other roles that theatre graduates may pursue reported the following annual salaries in 2019:

  • Producers and Directors – $74,420
  • Art Directors – $94,220
  • Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators - $59,810

Shark Destinations

Alumni of NSU’s Theatre program have gone on to graduate study or have worked professionally at the following institutions:

  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Broward Stage Door
  • Burger King (national commercial)
  • Caldwell Theatre
  • City Theatre
  • Coral Springs Center for the Arts
  • Crown Royal (national commercial)
  • Florida Stage
  • Florida State University M.A./Ph.D.
  • Gable Stage
  • Lincoln Center
  • Mad Cat Theatre Company
  • Missoula Children's Theatre
  • Mosaic Theatre
  • National tour of Memphis
  • New York Film Academy
  • Northern Illinois University M.F.A. in Scene Design
  • NSU M.S. in Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Office Depot (national commercial)
  • Pittsburgh CLO
  • Riverside Theatre
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Rutgers University M.F.A. in Scene Design
  • Shakespeare Miami
  • Slow Burn Theatre Company
  • Sol Children's Theatre
  • Southern Mississippi University M.F.A. in Lighting Design
  • Stella Adler Studio, New York City
  • The Playground Theatre for Young Audiences
  • The Wick
  • Theatre of the Stars, Atlanta
  • Thinking Cap Theatre
  • University of Central Florida M.F.A. in Acting
  • University of London
  • University of Louisville M.F.A. in Acting
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City M.F.A. in Sound Design
  • University School at NSU
  • Vanguard
  • West Virginia Public Theatre