Theatre Education

The Theatre Education program at UNC strives to develop skilled practitioners who are committed to excellence in Theatre Arts education. Our teacher candidates recognize that theatre is essential for every child’s complete educational development, and endeavor to help their students discover how the Theatre Arts can also enhance their lives. In addition to taking classes in all areas of theatre (acting, speech, movement, history, playscript analysis, directing, and design & technology), Theatre Education students also complete course work in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, which includes their student teaching.

M.A. in Theatre Education

In addition to the Bachelor of Arts, UNC offers a Master of Arts in Theatre Education. This program includes a combination of online and in-person coursework ranging from courses in directing to curriculum development.

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Admission and Interviews

Admission to the Theatre Education program requires successful completion of an interview. Potential Theatre Education candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Interview Information

"There is no better program for learning how to teach theatre. Not only was I well prepared, but I was also more desirable to employers because of my training. I was offered a job as soon as I graduated and went in knowing that I had the skills to succeed."

Stephanie Morris (BA '09, MA '11)

Performance Opportunities

The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a wealth of performance opportunities including mainstage plays and musicals, as well as a variety of student-led productions. UNC is also home to the Little Theatre of the Rockies, a summer stock company that attracts theatre professionals from across the country to work along side our students.

Each year, the School of Theatre Arts and Dance produces a play for young audiences that is meant to entertain, challenge, and speak to the intelligence of young people.

Pictured: The Transition of Doodle Pequeño, Spring 2016

At UNC, students can participate in Theatre for Young Audiences productions, create workshops and study guides, and travel to both national and international Theatre for Young Audiences conferences.

Pictured: Tomato Plant Girl, Spring 2008

Students have the opportunity to audition for a variety of plays and musicals each year. Past productions include:

  • Footloose
  • Anything Goes
  • August: Osage County
  • The Piano Lesson

Pictured: The Importance of Being Earnest, Fall 2015

UNC's Little Theatre of the Rockies is the oldest professional theatre company in Colorado and includes performance and design opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and theatre professionals.

Learn more on the Little Theatre of the Rockies website.

Pictured: A Raisin in the Sun, Summer 2015

“The Theatre Education Program really prepared me for what life would be like as a theatre teacher. I was hired immediately after graduation by a school seeking me out – I didn't even have to apply! They were familiar with the quality of future educators that come from UNC and I entered my career confident and knowledgeable. My degree has afforded me a successful career and prepared the way to many other opportunities.”

Danielle Rivera (BA '08)

Faculty & Staff

Mary Schuttler

Professor of Theatre Arts

Gillian McNally

Associate Professor