PSOA Theatre Education BA

Unlock your passion for theatre and inspire young minds as a theatre educator with our immersive theatre education degree program. Combine your love for making theatre with the joy of teaching others and embark on a transformative journey to inspire the next generation of artists.

Whether you are just starting out or are looking for a post-baccalaureate program, you’ll benefit from our combination of extensive training in theatre and specialized courses in education. Our faculty are licensed teachers and leaders in professional theatre education who are ready to guide you in honing your artistic abilities and developing effective teaching techniques. Through hands-on field experiences, student teaching and collaborations with local schools, you’ll gain the real-world perspective needed to excel in the classroom.

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What it’s like to be a student at Peck School of the Arts

When you study theatre education at the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, you join a community that is united on a mission to impact the world through our craft. And we really mean that. Our faculty are all working professionals and experienced educators deeply committed to using theatre as way to positively impact society and advance social causes. We do that through our curriculum, the shows we produce and our practices. Plus, our small cohorts, weekly seminars and continuous feedback from mentors and faculty surround you with confidence-building support.

But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself what it is like to be a student here by scheduling a personalized tour and info session.

PSOA Theatre Education BA
PSOA Theatre Education BA
PSOA Theatre Education BA

Program Details

Our BA in Theatre Education is designed to earn a K-12 theatre license in four years as an undergraduate student or in two years as a post-baccalaureate student.  

You’ll focus on theatre as a cultural, educational and humanitarian art form. Our curriculum trains you to use and demonstrate high impact practices in a variety of classrooms. Through immersion in creative and collaborative theatre/drama processes, you’ll build professional capacity through arts-infused experiences. Through our deep connections with schools and cultural institutions in urban communities and beyond, you’ll be well prepared to make and teach accessible theatrical arts for all students. 

View the Theatre Practices, BA: Theatre Education requirements.

Licensure – The Theatre Department course of study prepares students for recommendation for certification by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach and supervise Theatre, Early Childhood through Adolescence.

Post-baccalaureate – Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre or equivalent area (subject to faculty review) are eligible to apply for post-baccalaureate studies in theatre education. Through these studies, students complete remaining undergraduate coursework and requirements leading to a recommendation for certification to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach theatre in grades K-12.


From backstage to center stage, front of house or in front of a classroom, our public performances are a vehicle for training students in every aspect of theatre. They are also a source of high-quality performing arts entertainment for our campus and community. Explore our upcoming performances or take a look at recent productions.

Entrance Auditions/Interviews & Admission

Peck School of the Arts undergraduate and graduate programs may require additional steps to enter. For most dance, music and theatre programs, applicants must first be accepted to UWM, apply to Peck School of the Arts and complete entrance requirements such as an audition and/or interview.

Scholarships & Aid

UW-Milwaukee and Peck School of the Arts offer a diverse financial aid package for students, including Midwest residence savings, scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities and student loans.

Living Learning Communities

Live in campus housing on the same floor or wing as other students in your major or program. The Peck School of the Arts offers three Living Learning Communities where you can be a part of a “community within a community.” You’ll make friends, form study groups and do social activities together. And, best of all, there is no additional cost to be a part of a Living Learning Community.

Internships & Opportunities

Students work and intern professionally with Milwaukee’s professional music organizations, theatre and dance companies, and film festivals, as well as leading art museums, galleries and creative agencies. See where your education can take you. Learn more about internships and opportunities.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Meet like-minded people in a wide variety of student organizations and clubs who inspire creativity and will support your aspirations. Collaborate and create, network with professional artists, and deepen your connection with faculty, mentors and fellow students outside of the classroom.

Study Abroad

We believe that a complete education in the arts should take you beyond the classroom and the local community. By studying abroad, you’ll gain more than a change of scenery. You’ll embark on a transformative educational experience and bring a global perspective to your field of study. Explore upcoming trips offered in partnership with the Center for International Education.

Alumni Stories in Theatre

  • Theatre alum brings ghostly features to life in world premiere production 

    In Milwaukee’s recent World Premiere of The Forgotten Girl, production design is more important than ever. Viewers are immersed in the world of the main characters Iris and Daniel as they discover the abandoned grave of a girl in their grade and begin interacting with her ghost. Scenic designer Amaya …
  • UWM Grad Makes A Guest Appearance On Modern Family

    Brittani Ebert, who earned her bachelor’s degree in theater from UWM’s Peck School of the Arts in 2002, has a co-starring role in the Sept. 30 episode of ABC’s “Modern Family.” Ebert, who grew up in Sun Prairie, also has appeared on the popular series “Jane the Virgin” and “Criminal …

Careers in Theatre

  • Actor/Actress
  • Agent
  • Art Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts & Entertainment Writer
  • Arts Administration
  • Arts Council Director
  • Box Office Manager
  • Broadway Theatre/Tours
  • Business Consultant
  • Camp Director
  • Carpentry/Scenic Artistry
  • Casting Director
  • Choreographer
  • Comedian
  • Community Arts Organizer
  • Computer Drafter/Designer
  • Conflict Resolution Facilitator
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Director
  • Costume Shop Manager
  • Crafts Artisan
  • Creative Director
  • Cruise Line Performer
  • Curator
  • Development Director
  • Dialect Coach
  • Director
  • Drama Therapist
  • Dramaturgy
  • Draper/Cutter
  • Drapery Fabricator/Installer
  • Education Administrator
  • Electrician
  • Entertainer
  • Entertainment Designer/Manager
  • Events Manager
  • Event Coordinator
  • Gaffer
  • Grip
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Lawyer
  • Life Coach
  • Lighting Designer/Director
  • Makeup Designer/Artist
  • Managing Director
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Master Carpenter
  • Milliner
  • Model
  • Musical Theatre Artist
  • Office Administration
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Playwright
  • Politician
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Projection Designer
  • Properties Director
  • Props Artisan
  • Rigging Installer
  • Scenery Designer
  • Scenic Artist/Painter
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Set Designer/Decorator
  • Singer
  • Social Worker
  • Sound Designer/Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Stage Director/Manager
  • Stagehand
  • Staging Fabricator
  • Stunt Double
  • Tailor
  • Talent Agent/Director
  • Technical Director
  • Television/Radio Personality
  • Theatre Consultant
  • Theatre Critic
  • Theatre Education Teacher
  • Theatre Equipment Sales
  • Theatre Journalist/Blogger
  • Therapist
  • Trade Show Designer
  • University Administration
  • University Faculty
  • Visual Effects Director/Engineer
  • Vocal Coach
  • Voiceover Artist
  • Wardrobe Specialist
  • Wigmaker

Program Faculty

Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Theatre faculty and staff please follow the link below.

Ralph Janes Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty III, Theatre Education & Directing
  • Director, K-12 Theatre Education
  • Outreach Coordinator, Theatre
Robin Mello Headshot
  • Professor, Theatre
  • Teaching Fellow, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
Important Dates

Undergraduate Entrance Interview
For Theatre BA and BFA programs in Spring and Fall 2024.

December 8, 2023
February 9, 2024
March 8, 2024
April 5, 2024
Undergraduate Programs
Ralph Janes,

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763