theatre art students at their spring showcase

The theatre arts major offers a well-rounded theatre education, emphasizing professional training through experiential learning. There are two tracks offered, performance and design and production.

Theatre arts majors study all facets of theatre production, including acting, directing, writing, design, technical theatre, and dramaturgy. Professional, experienced faculty guide students in small class sizes. Milligan’s theatre arts performances are an embraced institution on campus. These productions are primarily produced and staffed by theatre arts majors with the mentorship of faculty and professional industry artists. Through an interdisciplinary approach to the arts, theatre arts majors will also study film, musical theatre, and fine arts.

The theatre arts program strives to support students through mentorship, small classes, practical theatre experiences, and creative exploration as they develop their artistic voices and learn new and hone existing skills and talents. As a result, graduates enter the professional theatre world as reliable professionals and theatre creators.

Why Milligan Theatre Arts?

  • Small class size/individualized attention 
  • Hands-on/experiential learning 
  • Professional training 
  • Well-rounded education 
  • Working with professional faculty and outside industry professionals 
  • Guest professional artists to teach workshops 
  • Interdisciplinary education 
  • Robust curriculum 
  • Career prep 
  • Part of Milligan community 
  • Embraces Milligan mission 

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Explore Scholarship Options

Available for both performers and technicians, the Theatre Arts Scholarship is a competitive, renewable scholarship awarded to a limited number of students each year.  Scholarships are awarded to performers who exhibit excellent performance ability and potential as identified through audition and to technicians who demonstrate knowledge in design, production, or stage management through a portfolio review and interview.  Both non-majors and theatre majors are eligible.

In-person auditions are preferred. If you cannot attend one of the audition dates below, you can be assigned another date. If an in-person audition is not possible, an audition via YouTube or other video format links will be accepted.  Portfolio reviews can be scheduled as needed, and can be in person or virtual.

Gregory Center

Gregory Center

McGlothlin-Street Theatre

Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts was dedicated February 1, 2008 and houses the McGlothlin-Street Theatre. The theatre is a state-of the-art facility that includes a 294-seat theatre with proscenium stage, fly system, orchestra pit, green room, dressing rooms, box office, and concessions area. The theatre is used for the University’s celebrated theatre arts program, humanities program, academic lecture series, and various campus and community events.

Behind the scenes – take a look at our theatre facilities.

Course Requirements

NEW CURRICULUM (BEGINNING AUGUST 2023) – To be a theatre minor, you must take: 25 credits. Courses may include:  Stagecraft, Introduction to Theatre, Fundamentals of Theatrical Design, Acting I, Theatre Arts Lab, Theatre History, Directing, and Theatre Arts Capstone. 

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog. The academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog.


At Milligan you’ll work with faculty who have proven themselves as performers, artists, scholars, and teachers. With wide-ranging stage and screen experience—on Broadway in regional theatres, and across the world—they are dedicated to helping students realize their full potential.

Brian Saxton
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Technical Theatre

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Artistic Director

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