Theater Arts, B.A.

The Vermont State B.A. in Theater Arts will give you many opportunities to develop your talents, whether your passion is being on stage or doing your magic behind the scenes. You’ll have freedom to experiment, push boundaries, and think outside — maybe way outside — the box.

The theater arts degree features small classes and award-winning faculty as you learn the range of roles involved: acting, directing, dance, stage management, lighting and sound, video, set construction, crew running. In our theater arts major, you’ll enter a new world of diverse career options, from actor and business manager to technical director and wardrobe specialist. In this competitive field, we’ll prepare you for the challenges and the joy waiting for you.

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Paul Williams

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Steven Gross

Department Chair, Professor of Theater Arts


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Why Study Theater Arts at Vermont State?

  • Career Success: Our graduates excel in many different types of theater arts jobs, as well as further education: summer theater, off-Broadway shows, television, film, educational theater, and graduate school. 
  • A Choice of Paths: Our theater program is multidisciplinary, so you decide where to focus your passion. We offer concentrations in Acting and Directing and in Technical Theater and Design, so you can build a more focused skillset. You can also pursue our Dance minor.   
  • Early Performance Experience: Unlike many other theater programs, you’ll be hands-on with a production every semester for on- and off-campus audiences. This ongoing real-world experience will help position you for success in a wide range of career options, including theater teacher jobs and other theater education jobs.  
  • Excellent Internship Options: You’ll build a competitive advantage in the job market for theater professionals through internships, career coaching, co-ops, and more. And you’ll grow your professional network to expand your opportunities. 
  • Access to Professors: At Vermont State, our faculty are all in to support students. You’ll work one-on-one with professors to define your career goals, build your portfolio, look for internships, and plan your future.  

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Sample Courses

  • ​​​​Introduction to Design​ 
  • Directing 
  • Stage Management 
  • Acting

Student Stories

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“After graduation, I toured with Disney On Ice Presents Frozen as a lighting electrician and was promoted to production stage manager within two years. Then, I transitioned to Cirque Du Soleil Volta, where I worked as the assistant head of lighting and video. I could not be more grateful for the Theater Arts Department.” 

John Lucas

Meet Our Faculty

Part Time Professor

  • Castleton Campus

Department Chair, Professor of Theater Arts

  • Castleton Campus

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

  • Castleton Campus

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Part-time Dance Faculty

  • Castleton Campus

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