• UWM Theatre Education


Students focus on theatre as a cultural, educational, and humanitarian art form, and are trained to use and demonstrate high impact practices in their respective classrooms. Through immersion in creative and collaborative theatre/drama processes, students build professional capacity through arts-infused curricula. UWM’s Department of Theatre supports schools and cultural institutions in both the urban classroom setting, and beyond, by encouraging accessible creative arts education for all students.

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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 Education EC-A

A successful interview is required prior to entry into the program. Visit the admission page under Theatre for more information.

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 *
Required Education Courses
ED PSY 330 3
CURRINS 343 or CURRINS 545 3
EXCEDUC 300, 531, or 605 3
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas inside/outside department) 3
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 3
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 Performing Community 3
THEATRE 410 Stage Directing 3
THEATRE 359 Playwriting 3
Required Methods Courses
THEATRE 448 How to be a Teaching Artist 3
THEATRE 473 theatre in Elementary Education 3
THEATRE 474 Theatre in Secondary Education 3
THEATRE 484 Fieldwork in Theatre 3
Required Student Teaching Practicum/Fieldwork Coursework
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices (1 cr max per sem) 4
THEATRE 486 Secondary Student Teaching 12
(Choose from Theatre class listings in consultation with advisor) 3

Education Certification Requirements
Pre-Professional Skills requirement (consult with advisor)
COMM 101 or 103
Act 31 Requirement (workshop OR AIS 203, ANTHRO 213, or HIST 263)
2.75 Cumulative GPA from acceptance through graduation
Praxis II (consult with area head)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with area head)


Minor - Theatre Education

The teaching minor leading to certification is open only to students pursuing and accepted into a teaching major in an appropriately related field (e.g. English). Accepted students will be expected to pass the Praxis II Theatre test prior to their fieldwork and student teaching (THEATRE 484, 485, and 486).

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
Introductory Course
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 100 Intro to Theatre
THEATRE 101 Intro to the Actor’s Art
THEATRE 110 Acting I
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 214 Stagecraft
THEATRE 236 Production and Design
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis 3
THEATRE 321 The Theatre – Beginning Through Realism 3
THEATRE 322 The Theatre – Modern and Contemporary Period 3
THEATRE 410 Stage Directing 3

Post Baccalaureate - Theatre Education Teaching Certification

Students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree in theatre or equivalent degree (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.


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Brittani Ebert

BA Theatre | 2003

Ebert, who moved to Los Angeles from Sun Prairie, discusses her co-starring role on ABC's "Modern Family". She has also appeared on “Jane the Virgin” and “Criminal Minds” and as a semi-regular character on “General Hospital".

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 Education Faculty

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

Director, K-12 Theatre Education

Lecturer, Theatre History & Education

Outreach Coordinator, Theatre

profile photoKate Kowbelkmkowbel@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Theatre

profile photoRobin Mellormello@uwm.eduTheatre 220

Area Head, BA Theatre

Associate Professor, Storytelling & Theatre History

Associate Professor, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

Theatre Faculty & Staff