• UWM Theatre BA Group

Theatre Making

Create original works of theatre as a director or designer, actor and performer, teaching artist, as storytellers. Our program allows students the opportunity to explore the scope of theatre rather than focus on one targeted track.

Social Entrepreneurship

Within a respectful, ethical, and accessible environment, our students develop creative and critical practice through analysis and performance. Our program regularly investigates and responds to social and political issues and conditions. Students will hone their ability to produce an effective response by developing as planners, researchers, builders, designers, and implementers.

Community Engagement

By participating in community through civic engagement and theatre for social justice, our students are allowed the opportunity to express themselves in significant and meaningful ways. Within the discipline of theatre, together we will identify and explore current dispositions, ideas, forms, and perspectives. The conceptual outcomes will then be designed and performed in a variety of contexts both on campus and in the community.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Theatre Practices

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 12
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 12
General (outside department) 3
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas


Theatre Core 32 Credits
Introductory Course
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 101 Acting for non-majors
THEATRE 110 Acting I
THEATRE 204 Theatre & Social Change
THEATRE 260 Storytelling
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis 3
THEATRE 214 Stage Craft (with lab) 4
THEATRE 225 Costume Construction (with lab) 4
THEATRE 230 Acting II – Text & Performance 3
THEATRE 236 Production & Design 3
THEATRE 275 Performing Arts Management 3
THEATRE 305 Theatrical Experience 3
THEATRE 321 Theatre – Beginning to Realism 3
THEATRE 322 Theatre – Modern & Contemporary 3


Degree Curriculum 43 Credits
THEATRE 204 Theatre & Social Change (if not taken previously) 3
THEATRE 260 Storytelling (if not taken previously) 3
THEATRE 320 Arts & Entrepreneurship 3
THEATRE 410 Stage Directing 3
THEATRE 448 How to be a Teaching Artist 3
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 218 Computer Modeling and Graphics
THEATRE 359 Playwriting
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 304 Costume Design
THEATRE 318 Scenic Design
THEATRE 323 Special Topics in Theatre History
THEATRE 324 Theatre in the Americas-Latino
THEATRE 325 Costume History
THEATRE 330 Acting Topics
THEATRE 357 Digital Audio Workstation
THEATRE 418 Lighting Design
THEATRE 437 Sound Design & Technology
(Choose from below) 2-4
THEATRE 465 Theatre Capstone
THEATRE 472 Performance Workshop Capstone
(Choose from approved Theatre courses in consultation with advisor)  18-20

Minor - Theatre

The Theatre Minor supports active learning through participation in creative, communicative, and innovative processes. It is extremely relevant to other areas of academic study across the university and addresses the Essential Learning Outcomes by focusing on creativity and communication skills within the dramatic and theatrical arts.

For questions, or to declare a minor/certificate, contact the Peck School of the Arts Advising Office at (414) 229-4763 or psoa-advising@uwm.edu

Degree Curriculum 18 Credits
NOTE: 6 Credits required at 300+ level
Theatre Literacy
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 100 Intro to the Theatre
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis
THEATRE 305 Theatrical Experience
Production Management
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 236 Theatre Production and Design
THEATRE 275 Performing Arts Management
(Choose from below) 3
*THEATRE 101 Acting for Non-majors
THEATRE 111 Theatre Games
THEATRE 204 Theatre & Social Change
THEATRE 260 Storytelling
*may only include one of these courses
(Choose from approved Theatre courses in consultation with advisor)  9


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Sara Zientek

BA, Theatre Studies | 2011

"Sara Zientek combines a brash, irreverent, funny and often tough exterior with all such a persona hides of a soul who is frightened, insecure, sensitive and lost." -The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Careers in Theatre

Art Director
Artistic Director
Arts & Entertainment Writer
Arts Administration
Arts Council Director
Box Office Manager/Staff
Broadway Theatre/Tours
Business Consultant
Camp Director
Carpentry/Scenic Artistry
Casting Director
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
Development Director
Dialect Coach
Drama Therapist
Drapery Fabricator/Installer
Education Administrator
Entertainment Designer/Manager
Events Manager
Event Planner/Coordinator
Life Coach
Lighting Designer/Director
Makeup Designer/Artist
Managing Director
Marketing & Sales
Master Carpenter
Musical Theatre Artist
Office Administration
Outreach Coordinator
Production Assistant
Production Manager
Project Manager
Projection Designer
Properties Director
Props Artisan
Rigging Installer
Scenery Designer
Scenic Artist/Painter
Set Designer/Decorator
Social Worker
Sound Designer/Engineer
Sound Technician
Special Effects Artist
Stage Director/Manager
Stage Hand
Staging Fabricator
Talent Agent/Director
Technical Director
Television/Radio Personality
Theatre Consultant
Theatre Critic
Theatre Education Teacher (K-12)
Theatre Equipment Sales
Theatre Journalist/Blogger
Trade Show Designer
University Administration
University Faculty
Visual Effects Director/Engineer
Vocal Coach
Voiceover Artist
Wardrobe Specialist


Dedicated Theatre BA Faculty

profile photoAnne Bastingbasting@uwm.eduTheatre 242

Professor, Theatre

Professor, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoRalph Janes(414) 651-2916janes@uwm.eduArt 232

Director, K-12 Theatre Education

Lecturer, Theatre History & Education

Outreach Coordinator, Theatre

profile photoRobin Mellormello@uwm.eduTheatre 220

Area Head, BA Theatre

Associate Professor, Storytelling & Theatre History

Associate Professor, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoAlvaro Saar Riosriosa@uwm.eduTheatre 280

Assistant Professor, Playwriting & Analysis

profile photoJenny Toutanttoutant@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Play Analysis

Theatre Faculty & Staff