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Department of Music & Theatre


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Department of Music & Theatre


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

Sharpen your skills in a comprehensive theatre program with coursework in acting, directing, design, history, stage management, playwriting, dance, musical theatre, improv, and more! Build your résumé for a lifetime in the arts.


of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern


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of seniors received relevant and appropriate preparation for their field

Why study theatre at Northwestern?

We have a tradition of integrating the arts into a Christian worldview. You have the opportunity to explore and experience every aspect of theatre productions, from the intimate space of our Black Box Theatre to the main stage at Knight Performance Hall. You will be encouraged to incorporate theatre into your cultural experience, develop your artistic vision, and to see artistic expression as a form of worship.

We provide numerous opportunities for involvement in campus productions, both on stage as well as backstage. Check out our productions for the current school year. Entrance auditions are required if you wish to pursue a degree in theatre. You must be admitted to both Northwestern and the Department of Music & Theatre in order to major in theatre.

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving theatre industries.

If you like to sing and dance, enjoy performing arts, and are interested in a career working in the theatre industry, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to act, sing, dance, and perform for live audiences.

Some classes include:

  • Production Crew and Performance
  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Children’s Theatre
  • Theatre Management
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I did not anticipate learning as much about myself as a person. There has been this wonderful blend of scholarly knowledge and spiritual discovery during my time here at Northwestern. I have discovered and continue to discover what it means to worship God through Theatre. By telling stories that people can relate to, God's grace can be reflected in ways that are impacting and thought-provoking.
Samantha Raun

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Department of Music & Theatre

Totino Fine Arts Center, F2224
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

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