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BA Theatre

About the Degree

The BA in Theatre degree at Otterbein University is an opportunity for students who want a life and career in the Arts.  Our BA program is unique in that students work within a BFA program.  BA students at Otterbein University get exposed to the best professional practices and standards, while still having the flexibility to be successful with the degree program.

The BA in Theatre degree program is designed for students whose professional career goals require the study of more than one area of theatre.  The successful BA candidate is an independent, motivated student with specific goals and direction.  The BA curriculum offers a common core of theatre classes and is combined with choice classes from a list of Design Technology, Dance and Theatre classes.  These choices include, but are not limited to, Design classes, Technology classes, costumes, stage makeup, combat, choreography, dance, TV/Film, etc.  

From the onset, students will work closely with faculty to chart their specific degree plan and career goals.  Our program is ideal for students with interests in careers in directing, playwriting, and stage management. Currently students are pursuing dual degrees in education, music, creative writing, business, journalism/ media communication, women gender studies and combining with minors such as dance, film studies, and communication.

The theatre major will learn by doing.  Our BA theatre degree will have you involved in productions during your first year on campus.  Participation with our main stage shows is required for all Department of Theatre students during their time here. It is the mission of the program that all students in theatre have practical application to gain a mutual respect for the art.

Opportunities for BA students can be limitless, whether it’s double-majoring, involvement with workshops, or creating a senior capstone experience indicative of their specific focus.  While BA students are not required to do a senior internship, many do. Depending on the nature of their degree plan, students receiving the BA degree are prepared to enter graduate theatre programs leading to MA, MFA or PhD degrees as well as to begin working in the profession.

Talent Awards are given to BA Theatre students based on the interview process.  These awards are in addition to any other scholarships or awards given by the University.

Application & Interview

Please submit your application for academic admission to Otterbein University. Then, submit a profile to getacceptd.com and upload the following, as separate documents or media:

  • Your resume
  • Headshot or photo (Photo needs to be a recent picture, no need for it to be professional)
  • Optional: 3-4 samples of your strongest work. Art work, photographs, sound clips, and video are all acceptable.  Stage managers may submit up to 5 pages of a prompt script (scanned into a single document).

After we receive your profile, you will be granted access to schedule your on-campus or Skype interview online.  Choosing to come to campus will allow the applicant to sit in on classes and receive complimentary tickets to the featured production.

Interviews will begin in September and continue on select Thursdays throughout the school year.  Specific dates and times are available through Acceptd.  Please submit your profile at least 30 days prior to your desired interview date. The final day for interviews is Thursday April 7th. Please note that students are given access to online scheduling on a first-come, first-served basis and earlier submissions will have a wider selection of available dates. 

For valuable information on how to prepare a portfolio of sample work 
click here (PDF).

University admission decisions and BA Theatre decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students must be accepted to both the university and the BA program to enroll in theatre coursework.  

Should the applicant have any questions, please contact the Theatre Office at 614-823-1657 or email Matt Wolfe (Click Here)

Transfer Students

The Department of Theatre and Dance accepts transfer students in two degree programs: the BA in Theatre, and the BFA in Design/Technology. Requirements vary by degree program. It is possible to complete a BA degree in two years at Otterbein if the student has done two or more years elsewhere. Potential transfer students should consult the office of Adult and Transfer Enrollment at 614-823-1356 before applying.

Robyn Henry

Robyn Henry

BA Theatre '00

Robyn Henry, Associate Producer for Production Glue, a special events production company in the heart of New York City, spent Super Bowl XLVIII helping Nike to create memorable experiences for fans. 

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Department of Theatre and Dance

Department Office
M-F: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1657

Box Office
M-F: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1109
e/ boxoffice@otterbein.edu

For general questions about admission and financial aid:
Office of Admission
p/ 614.823.1500
e/ uotterb@otterbein.edu

For questions about BFA Acting and Musical Theatre auditions:
e/ audition@otterbein.edu

For questions about BA, Design/Tech, and Dance Minor admission:
Matt Wolfe, Administrative Assistant
p/ 614.823.1657
e/ mtwolfe@otterbein.edu

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