School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041


Theatre majors at Oakland University enjoy a highly collaborative atmosphere within the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The hallways and classrooms are filled with actors, singers, dancers, designers, instrumentalists, and music educators, creating a rich environment where students gain a broad perspective on the performing arts while pursuing a mastery of their artistic disciplines.

Distinguished faculty and professional performers also provide excellent teaching and personal mentoring for every student. Small class sizes allow more interaction and personal feedback from theatre faculty.

One of the program's unique features is the presence of the professional Meadow Brook Theatre on campus. Theatre students have opportunities to interact with Meadow Brook Theatre personnel in production and the classroom.

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree curriculum offers a platform for the study of theatre within the framework of a broad-based, liberal arts curriculum. Students gain an understanding of fundamentals, as well as a fuller intellectual grasp of the performing arts.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), the initial professional theatre degree, places primary emphasis on the development of skills, concepts and sensitivities essential to the theatre professional in three areas of concentration:

  • Acting
    The BFA in acting develops professional competency through performance, repertory and theoretical studies for students whose primary interest lies in acting and directing. Training emphasizes a variety of acting skills and offers opportunities to perform and direct. 
  • Musical Theatre
    The BFA in musical theatre is for students interested in acting, singing and dance. A variety of acting classes, individual vocal instruction, and training in ballet, jazz and modern dance are available. Performance opportunities exist in musical theatre and opera, in both workshop settings and fully staged productions.
  • Theatre Design and Technology
    The BFA in design and technology serves students interested in theatrical design, technical production or stage management. Training in stagecraft, stage management and scenic, costume and lighting design may lead to advanced projects in these areas according to each student's interests and capabilities.

Each academic degree program requires students to audition to be admitted into the program.

Your first step is to apply for admission to the University. To apply online, go to the Oakland University Admissions site.

Note: As of Fall 2017, Oakland University will move from a 3-digit course numbering system to a 4-digit system. Click here for the 3-digit/4-digit changes.

To earn a minor in theatre, students must complete a minimum of 20 credits. View more information in the academic catalog.

Note: As of Fall 2017, Oakland University will move from a 3-digit course numbering system to a 4-digit system. Click here for the 3-digit/4-digit changes.