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Theatre, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Bring inspiring stories to life on stage and chart your own course with a concentration in performance or design/technology. At USC, you can use your creative and technical talents working alongside our renowned faculty.

Enjoy learning opportunities in performance, design, directing and more, all supporting your individual growth as an artist and preparing you for creative success. You'll thrive in our artistic community dedicated to continued excellence and learn real-world career strategies from guest artists and master classes.

Program Highlights

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    A Top Choice

    Explore your individual interests in theatre within the vast resources of a large research university.

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    Individual Attention

    Take advantage of a low faculty-to-student ratio to get personalized attention in classes and in practice.

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    Accredited Program

    Study in an outstanding program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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    Special Guests

    Learn about today's theatre industry, and network with professionals already working in the field.

What You’ll Study

Gain a comprehensive performing arts education in acting, design and technical areas along with valuable skills in problem-solving, project management and leadership. Our approach marries classroom studies, studio work and practical experience in the area of your interest. Enjoy a personalized program of study to challenge and develop your individual artistic talents.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience


    Identifying opportunities and creating and launching new ventures

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Performer
  • Designer
  • Producer
  • Advertising
  • Arts Manager
  • Broadcaster

Workplace Settings

  • Entertainment
  • Public Relations
  • Education
  • Marketing

USC's theater faculty pushed me to explore and challenge myself in ways that allowed me to fully realize my potential. Theater labs gave me opportunities to participate in different aspects of theater that I might not normally choose.

Stephanie Walker

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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