TYPE: Minor
DEPARTMENT: Communicating Arts Department

4-YEAR PATHWAY SAMPLE: Graduate in 4 Years

General Description

Theatre is known as the most collaborative of all arts because every individual is needed to put on a professional production. As hands-on is crucial for the success of theatre, we know hands-on is crucial for the success of students. This emphasis on collaboration is what makes the Theatre major at UW-Superior exceptional. 

Through the dedication and hard work to complete a production, our program readies students to advance in the upcoming job market by building confidence and creating an impressive skill set. Adapting our curriculum to a variety of careers within the performing arts, we prepare students for careers beyond acting in:

  • Education and community outreach
  • Youth arts programing
  • Marketing and public relations 
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Technical theatre
  • Stage management
  • Audience services

The landscape of jobs in America is undergoing a shift that requires additional skills in communication and performance. The newly designed Theater major enhances a degree in Business, Political Science, Human Behavior and Justice and Diversity. It is crucial for students to leave the university with excellent people and presentation skills in order to compete in this new and upcoming market. 

The UW-Superior theatre major is focused on developing a diverse range of courses along with continuing a program that emphasizes personal attention and active participation, tailoring an education to the future you're aiming for. 

Program Outcomes

  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Working cooperatively and collaboratively
  • Time management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Respect for colleagues
  • Adaptability and flexibility

Career Opportunities

  • Voice, stage or screen performer
  • Director
  • Set, costume or light and sound designer
  • Technical director
  • Education and community outreach director
  • Managing director
  • Stage manager
  • Costume crafts, construction and wardrobe
  • Sales
  • Marketing

Did You Know?

  • You can obtain credit for doing any theatre job. This includes working in the scene shop, costume shop, lighting, sound, acting and box office. 
  • UW-Superior's theatre program holds three productions annually, providing numerous opportunities for students to act, direct, stage manage or work in scenery, painting, lighting, sound and costumes.
  • All students have an amazing opportunity to experience Festival Fringe, the world's oldest and largest arts festival, for 2 1/2 weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland. It's the trip of a lifetime for theatre lovers, and the next one is coming up in August 2017.
  • All students and staff on campus are able to audition for Theatre productions, and students do not have to be a part of the program to take the many courses offered.
  • Unlike other institutions, UW-Superior does not require students to audition to be a part of the Theatre program itself.
  • Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center houses two theatres, a scene shop, costume shop, box office, television studio, media lab and studios for Wisconsin Public Radio - KUWS 91.3. 


  • First Year at UWS: 2000
    We have brought 23 students from theatre camp camp to campus, not necessarily as theater majors, but as students.” Read more.
  • Class of: 1986
    In a program like UW-Superior’s, you have the opportunity to basically do everything." Read more.
  • Class of: 1980
    Art is life, life inspires art. It doesn't matter where you are or what you do, training in the arts informs your life. Whether you end up directly in your field of study or not, theatre education helps every step along the way." Read more.

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