Theatre Arts, B.A.

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You love to tell stories, connect with audiences and collaborate with others to create something that impacts the heart and the mind. You’ll do that and more as a student in the theatre program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. The purpose of the theatre program is to train students in the development of imaginative, purposeful, and skilled expression in the theatre, as well as provide for their artistic, intellectual and spiritual growth.

College of the Arts

West Palm Beach



Why Major in Theatre Arts at PBA?

At PBA, you’ll enhance your acting skills for both stage and screen and musical theatre, preparing you for a successful career. PBA theatre majors spend between 65-66 credit hours in their concentration, which enables us to offer more extensive and specialized B.A. training than is generally available at other universities.

From major theatre, TV and film production in South Florida to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and TV production in Orlando, the state of Florida has enormous hiring opportunities for actors.

“All my experiences and opportunities had me engaging with folks who were students all the way up to donors and Trustee members. I learned how to present myself professionally, as well as how to work hard and collaborate with others.”

Laura Titus

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What Can I Do With This Degree?

Just a few of the opportunities you’ll be prepared for are:

  • Performer, Director, or Producer
  • Theatre or Cinema Technician
  • Playwright or Screenwriter
  • Theatre Educator
  • Drama Ministry

Program Details

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to become a theatre practitioner
  • Hone your performance skills through a variety of opportunities, from PBA Theatre performances to Broadway master classes presented through partnership with the Kravis Center.
  • Enjoy a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 15
  • Take your theatrical skills to the next level through our NYC and London experiences
  • Engage in hands-on learning through learning opportunities and experiences with professional designers, professional and regional theatres, and PBA’s own children’s theatre.
  • Learn more about the PBA Theatre difference

Our Facilities

Graduates gain exceptional preparation to succeed in their careers and graduate school through a well-rounded learning experience blending classroom instruction and abundant practicum training opportunities. You’ll find our graduates, including a Tony Award Winning Actress, succeeding at the following schools and organizations and many more.
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Florida State University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Northern Illinois Dekalb
  • Broadway & London’s West End
  • Members of SAG & Actors Equity
  • Walt Disney World
  • Universal Studios
  • Disney Cruise Lines
  • Kravis Performing Arts Center
  • Maltz Jupiter Theatre
  • Orlando Repertory Theatre
  • Mill Mountain Theatre
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival
  • Seattle Children’s Theatre
  • Dallas Children’s Theatre
  • Alhambra Theatre
  • Slow Burn Theatre
  • Theatre Zone
  • Florida Repertory Theatre
  • Palm Beach Drama works
  • Independent Producers and Playwrights
  • Jupiter Christian High School
  • Oxbridge

Learn more about your classes and requirements in the course catalog.

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