climate cabaret: lead singer gestures triumphantly to the sky while actors dressed as foods surround them
Climate Cabaret, 2021
A student actor sings passionately while two others watch
Spring Awakening, 2020
two masked students actors kneel and hold each other's hands
Hecuba, 2018
student actors dance on stage
The Servant of Two Masters, 2016
An actor kneels while reaching up
The Long Christmas Ride Home, 2017
several student actors in small groups speak to each other
The Adding Machine, 2017

Undergraduate theatre majors can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with a concentration in Acting, Design/Technology, or Musical Theatre. All students enter the program as BA students, with the exception of students pursuing a BFA with a Musical Theatre concentration.

BA in Theatre

The BA program in theatre is a broad-based program of theatre practice and study for the student seeking a foundational theatre education rather than specializing in a single track. 

BFA in Theatre

The BFA degree concentrations in theatre offer pre-professional training to a limited number of highly motivated and talented students aiming at professional careers. The BFA student can pursue one of three concentration areas: Acting, Design/Technology/Management, or Musical Theatre.


All prospective students will apply to CU first as a BA in Theatre. Students may apply for a BFA concentration after acceptance, if desired (Musical Theatre excepted*).

  • Admission to a BFA concentration is based on talent, academic record, motivation, auditions and/or interviews
  • Interested students should identify themselves to their desired program as early as possible
  • Admission is limited not only in terms of student capacity, but also to ensure the type of individual attention necessary for effective training
  • A student may apply to all three areas of concentration, but can only be admitted to one
  • Counseling by faculty in advance is recommended
  • *Musical Theatre auditions happen simulateously with application to CU. See the Musical Theatre pages for details

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