Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in theatre helps students develop a basic level of proficiency and practical knowledge in all aspects of theatre. You'll be challenged to consider diverse values, viewpoints and expressions of the imagination as you participate in the staging of four full-length plays at SLU's University Theatre each season.


Major in Theatre

Every theatre major at SLU is involved in some way with each production that occurs during the theatre season. Plays take place on both a 400-seat main stage and a 70-seat studio at SLU’s University Theatre. There, students become actors, designers and technicians who are responsible, with the mentorship and participation of faculty and staff, for all aspects of each production.

Theatre students at SLU also participate in the MidWest Theatre Auditions and compete for summer theatre jobs and internships with organizations across the country.

SLU’s undergraduate theatre major is offered by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. It requires 36 credit hours of specialized classes that explore the theoretical, technical and performance aspects of the discipline. Students take three classes in theatre fundamentals, six classes in practical theatre skills and an additional three classes in advanced and applied skills. The applied skills courses can include classes in music performance and dance. 

Highlighted Courses
  • THR 1500: Introduction to Theatre
  • THR 2510: Acting I
  • THR 2520: Stagecraft
  • THR 3600: Professional Theatre Career Prep
  • THR 3550: Theatre Practicum
Internships and Careers

Graduates with a degree in theatre from SLU have worked in 30 professional theaters in and around St. Louis, including the Fabulous Fox Theatre, located in the Grand Center arts district one block from SLU's campus; the newly renovated Peabody Opera House; and the Muny, America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater.

Alumni from SLU's theatre program work in professional theatre, feature films, television productions, commercials and other venues where actors, playwrights, directors, designers and theatrical craftspeople are needed. Graduates are also able to use their skills in non-theatrical fields such as law, training, sales, marketing and other careers where presentation skills are key.


Seven full-time theatre faculty at SLU are assisted by part-time instructors to guide the educational experiences of students. Full-time faculty hold terminal degrees in their fields of specialization and work in the region and across the country. Adjunct faculty are drawn from the talented pool of theatre professionals who live and work in St. Louis.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Additional Information

Students pursuing all disciplines of theatre at SLU (acting, costume design and set design) may apply for the Theatre Talent Scholarship. In addition to completing an application, interested students must audition, present a portfolio or interview for the award.


Minor in Theatre

SLU’s minor in theatre requires 21 hours of credit work as well as completion of the theatre practicum. The required minor courses are:

  • THR 1500: Introduction to Theatre
  • THR 2510: Acting I
  • THR 2520: Stagecraft

Minor in Drama Studies

SLU also offers an 18-credit hour drama studies minor, which integrates the fine and performing arts, English, and modern and classical languages. Students must take “THR 1500: Introduction to Theatre” or “THR 2400: Page to Stage” before applying for this minor.

Student Organization

Join Alpha Psi Omega

The Saint Louis University chapter of the National Theatre Honor Society, Alpha Psi Omega, offers students a way to get involved in theatre outside of the classroom. Members of Alpha Psi Omega attend professional productions, produce, write, direct and perform works, and provide service with the St. Louis community.