Theatre: Performance

Western Michigan University's theatre performance program offers a wide range of opportunities with focus on vocal and physical development, script analysis and acting theory. It will give you a broad study of the theatre arts, strengthen your performance skills, and provide you with ample opportunities for on-stage experience.

As a theatre performance student, you will take concentrated courses in movement, voice and speech, and scene study. The acting classes cover all genres of theatre and film and are designed with a personalized focus in mind.

Beyond the classroom: 

If you choose to major in theatre performance at WMU, you will receive varied performance opportunities in the Department of Theatre's nine-show season, which offers experience in three different theatre spaces. On-stage experience is also provided through department-supported, student-directed Footlight productions, directing classes, and the New Play Project offered each summer. Several professional and summer stock companies conduct on-campus auditions, and you will also have the chance to showcase your talent for industry agents and casting directors from New York and Chicago.

After you graduate: 

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in theatre performance are working as:

  • Actors
  • Directors
  • Voiceover artists
  • Casting directors
  • Agents
  • Producers
  • Teachers

Alumni work in the states and abroad in touring productions. They can be seen in:

  • Broadway productions
  • Films
  • Television shows
  • Major regional theatres
  • Cruise ship productions
Where is this program offered?: 
  • Kalamazoo