The study of theatre engages students in an exploration of the world from multiple
perspectives, while developing artistic skills and cultivating their capacities for
collaboration, critical-thinking, creative problem-solving, and effective communication.
Career opportunities in theatre include professional acting; costume, makeup, lighting
and scenic design; technical production; stage management; directing; dramaturgy;
playwriting; education and outreach; and theatre administration. Graduates of the
Department of Theatre Arts at Towson University work on stage and behind the scenes
in every major theatre center in the country. Recent students have been accepted to
respected theatre graduate programs across the nation.
The university’s undergraduate degrees in theatre also provide students with transferrable
skills that will lead to success in any profession. Alumni of the department have
put their theatre education to use in fields such as law, business and education.
The department has produced prominent artists such as writer-performer Amy Schumer,
director Ian Belknap, actors John Glover and Roc Dutton, designer Judy Dolan, and
technical director Lily Twining; as well as graduates who have enjoyed success in
a number of fields outside the theatre, including Towson University President Emerita
The program’s commitment to the development of each individual makes it an equally
nurturing home for the student who has clearly developed career goals as for the student
who is still exploring what the study of theatre might mean in his or her life.
Comprehensive study of theatre: While maintaining the student-centered environment typical of much smaller institutions,
the Department of Theatre Arts offers the resources of a large program, which allows
students to develop their understanding of all the artistic disciplines of theatre
as well as newer areas of theatre practice, such as educational outreach and new work
Integrated course of study: The B.A./B.S. in Theatre Arts and the B.F.A. in Acting integrate a liberal arts education,
and well-rounded exploration of theatre, with rigorous development of students’ artistic
Transferrable skills: The university’s undergraduate degrees in theatre provide students with skills that
will lead to success in any profession and are eagerly sought in the business world:
collaboration, flexibility, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, the ability
to present one’s ideas in a clear and convincing manner, and life-long learning.
Hands-on learning: Students learn theatre by doing theatre and gain practical training through participation
in faculty and guest directed productions, as well as undergraduate student-generated
projects, and original works by students in our graduate program.
Faculty: Professors are accomplished working professionals and dedicated teachers with an
equal commitment to the development of students’ artistic skills as to the expansion
of their world-view.
Facilities: The Center for the Arts features state-of-the-art performance classrooms and technical
shops, as well as four performance venues for the presentation of student work. Music,
art, and dance students also learn and create work in the building.
Connections to the profession: The prominent presence of faculty and alumni artists in regional professional theatre
offers learning opportunities to current students and enhances internship and employment
possibilities for new graduates.
National Accolades: Wall Street Journal/ Times Higher Education 2019 student-sourced
rankings put TU as the University System of Maryland's highest ranked regional campus.
The U.S. News & World Report 2019 America's Best Colleges guide ranked Towson University
12th in the public Regional Universities (North) Catagory. For more National Accolades
go to Rankings Recap: Towson University.