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"The ability to direct a fully supported production in the departmental season is a fairly unique aspect of the SHSU program that isn't offered at every school."

-Matthew Stepan, SHSU Theatre Major

"All students and professors in the department are on a first name basis - the individual care they have for each student really shows how passionate they are and the desire they have for us as students to succeed."

-Rachel Watkins, SHSU Theatre Major

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Theatre Program

The BFA in Theatre at Sam Houston State University is an active, hands on program based on solid theoretical principles.

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre provides theatre majors with a strong foundation in theatre. You may specialize your degree with an emphasis in acting and directing, design and technology, or theatre education.

The acting emphasis develops your abilities through comprehensive classes across genres and styles in acting, speech, and movement for stage, film, and television. It will prepare you for a career in commercial theatre. The directing emphasis provides a detailed study of the directing process.

The design and technology emphasis concentrates on the concepts and materials of designing scenery, costumes, make up, properties, lighting, and sound for theatre. We stress the importance of how to use modern technology for theatre applications.

If you wish to pursue theatre education through teacher certification for early childhood through 12th grade (EC-12), you will major in theatre and minor in secondary education.


Our relationship with many of the Houston area theatres gives our students the opportunity to work in professional performance and arts administration capacities while still in school. Currently, we have internships with Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Classical Theatre Company, Main Street Theatre, and Texas Repertory Theatre.

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Program Breakdown
Degree Type Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) (Emphasis on Acting and Directing)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) (Emphasis on Design and Technology)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) (with Teaching Certification)
Length 120-132 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

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