Theatre Practices BA

You’re not just passionate about theatre. You’re passionate about what theatre can do. With a strong focus on theatre’s diverse practices, our program will empower you to create innovative work on your own terms.  

Whether your interest is directing, playwriting, acting, costuming – or maybe all of them – our program allows you the opportunity to explore the scope of theatre rather than focus on one targeted track. Create original works of theatre as a director, designer, actor or performer. Become a teaching artist or use theatre as an activist. Start your own theatre company. Wherever you choose to go, we will teach you the skills you need to turn your passion into a profession through comprehensive training, hands-on experiences and industry connections. Plus, we’re here to support you along the way.

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

When you study theatre 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 with a deep commitment to supporting the next generation of theatre artists. Our strong ties to Milwaukee’s creative community open doors for you to explore and grow through engaged learning and individualized mentorship. That’s why our students emerge with a strong community, an entrepreneurial spirit and the skills, vision and drive to shape their worlds.

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.

Theatre Practices BA
Theatre Practices BA
Theatre Practices BA

Program Details

Our BA in Theatre Practices is designed to be personalized to you. We challenge you to create a path to the theatre profession that is authentic to your interests and your goals. And because you’ll learn alongside other creative and passionate students, you have a supportive and inspirational community to support you. Our respectful, ethical and accessible environment means you are allowed to express yourself in significant and meaningful ways.

We know that as artists, we have the potential to dream, imagine and engage the world through our craft. Our faculty teach theatre as a way of exploring and positively affecting society and the people in it.

Our personalized curriculum provides you with a comprehensive education in theatre practices while ensuring you develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, effective communication and a knack for collaboration. You’ll take a variety of courses and top it off with an opportunity to showcase your skills in a final capstone project of your choice.

View the Theatre Practices, BA requirements.


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

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.

Jessica Berlin Krivsky Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty III, Theatre & Stage Management
  • Production Manager, Theatre Department
Steve Decker Headshot
  • Associate Professor, College of General Studies/Affiliate Faculty Appointment in the PSOA Theatre Department
Ralph Janes Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty III, Theatre Education & Directing
  • Director, K-12 Theatre Education
  • Outreach Coordinator, Theatre
Raeleen McMillion Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Voice, Speech and Dialects
Robin Mello Headshot
  • Professor, Theatre
  • Teaching Fellow, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
Alvaro Saar Rios HEADSHOT
  • Associate Professor, Playwriting
  • Area Head, Theatre Practices
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