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.
We understand that the cost and value of your education is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most affordable colleges in Vermont and why more than 80% of our students receive aid. We're here to help you fit this program into your unique financial picture. Contact this program's Admissions Counselor any time to discuss what types of financial aid are right for you.
Combined with scholarships and aid, a Vermont State education is within reach for students from all financial backgrounds. Speak with our Admissions Counselor to estimate what your true out-of-pocket costs might be for this program.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Theater Arts, B.A.
$9,984 Full Time Annual
$19,992 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,416 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$7,830 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,068 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
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.
What You’ll Learn
As a Vermont State Theater Arts student, you’ll learn the following to set the stage for success in your career:
Watch Top-Level Theater: Each year, our Theater Arts students spend a week in either New York City or London to catch some shows on Broadway or in the West End.
Gain Confidence in Competition: Students participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in contests for acting, stage management, and different types of design.
Become a Lifelong Learner: You’ll see the value of learning from your peers, asking questions, and taking a bold approach to innovation in your career.
Our Theater Arts students think and do. You’ll have options for internships and jobs to strengthen your skills. And you’ll create a network of theater professionals in Vermont and beyond. Some of those experts may become longtime mentors for you in your career.
We’ll give you the space to dream, with the support of our close community.
A Real Stage: The John and Susan CasellaTheater at Vermont State Castleton is a 484-seat proscenium-style theater. In this “laboratory,” students work with a range of leading-edge technical features, including a fly system, intelligent lighting, concert sound capabilities, high-quality recording equipment, and more.
The Black Box Theater is a small, intimate performance space, which seats up to 60 audience members. It is primarily dedicated to student production and studio work.
“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.”