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Minor in Theatre

If you have an interest in the performing arts, consider adding a minor in theatre to your plan of study.

Whether your passion is performing under the bright lights on the main stage or keeping things running smoothly from the back-of-house, knowledge about the theatre and performing arts will enhance your career preparation and enrich your major.

Earning a theatre minor enables you to use your creative talents and energies—and gain important skills useful for careers in business, communication, education, history, music, studio art, and other fields.

Why choose a minor in theatre at Marian?

If you enjoy comedy, musical theatre, drama, and other forms of live entertainment, you will learn to effectively combine words, gestures, and music in creative ways at Marian University.

You will explore a range of theatrical genres, terminology, plot elements, characters, and more. You’ll study how to tell compelling stories using visual elements like props, stage sets, painted scenery, and lighting.

  • A theatre minor complements a range of bachelor's degree programs. You will gain leadership, communication, organization, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on learning about the theatre arts.
  • Acquire broad knowledge and training. You'll collaborate and work with active, professional local theatre professionals, gaining understanding and awareness about how the theatre complements and engages with other academic discipline, like business and education.
  • Get personal attention and one-on-one mentoring from faculty recognized for their teaching and professional expertise thanks to Marian’s close-knit campus community and small class sizes. Build relationships with professors and peers that last a lifetime.
  • Complete courses taught by theatre professionals and faculty who work throughout the city, state, and region.

What else can you expect? We identify and produce plays that reflect our Franciscan values and Catholic heritage. We understand and seek to utilize the power of theatre to share our message and make a statement about our world.

  • Discover a diverse group of students representing all majors and academic disciplines. Create meaningful expressions of the arts that feed your creative spirit!
  • We produce two main stage productions each year, generally one musical and one play. As a theatre minor, you’ll work in our 500-seat Marian University Theatre.
  • Theatre students also produce a touring children’s show that entertains and informs at local elementary schools.
  • If you sing, dance, or play an instrument, you’ll have opportunities to practice and perfect your skills by performing at campus events or getting involved in student groups and clubs.
  • Short-term or semester-based study-abroad courses and community service projects focused on the arts are available.
  • Our convenient location just minutes from downtown Indianapolis provides you with access to internships, employment, and a thriving arts and cultural environment.
  • Indy is close to other cities in the region known for the performing arts, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, and St. Louis. Gather your friends, hit the road, and enjoy a range of professional productions around town or across the Midwest.

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences will challenge you academically, encourage you to grow socially, and offer guidance and support as you work to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. We’ll give you a stage on which you can step up, find your voice, and sing out!

What will you study?

To earn a minor in theatre at Marian, you’ll complete at least 18 credit hours of theatre coursework. Required courses for the minor include:

  • THE 120: Acting I
  • THE 130: Stagecraft
  • THE 231: Design for Theatre I
  • Nine (9) credits of electives including a theatre history or literature course and at least three (3) credits at the 300-level.

Electives can be chosen from a range of courses. Examples include:

  • THE110: Introduction to Theatre
  • THE245: Studies in Dramatic Literature and Performance
  • THE 260: Theatre Arts Practicum
  • THE 320: Acting II
  • THE 333: Modern Drama
  • THE 334: Modern Women Playwrights
  • THE 335: Shakespeare
  • THE 353: British Renaissance Literature: Tudor and Stuart Drama
  • THE 360: Internship in Theatre
  • THE 499: Independent Study in Theatre
  • ART 201:Basic Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 206: Theory of Color and Design
  • FRE 345: French Literature and the Theatre
  • GER 345: The German Drama
  • MUS 200: Music Theatre Performance Workshop
  • MUS 268: History of Musical Theatre

What are your career paths?

Earning a minor in theatre will provide you with skills that can be applied in virtually any career that calls for:

  • Good communication skills, including writing and public speaking
  • Problem-solving skills like resourcefulness, versatility, and flexibility
  • Collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork
  • Creativity and critical thinking, especially in ways that may seem unconventional
  • Initiative, meeting deadlines, filling seats, and selling out performances
  • A can-do, positive, and “the show must go on” attitude

Here are some examples:

Major (B.S. or B.A. degree)MinorCareer options 
CommunicationTheatrePublicist for actors, entertainers, or arts organizations. Social media or web content manager. Media relations specialist, corporate spokesperson, or press secretary. Script or news writer.
English TheatreFilm, TV, or theatre writer. Comedy, script, or speech writer. Author or novelist. 
FinanceTheatreFilm, TV, or theatre producer. Financial manager for an arts organization. Investment or venture capital manager. 
Management TheatreStage manager or show runner. Arts administrator, department head, or program manager. 
Marketing Theatre Advertising specialist, marketing director, sales and ticketing manager, and digital or social media manager. 
Secondary education TheatreHigh school drama teacher, acting coach, and film, TV,  or theatre director. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here are employment projections for some of those professions:

OccupationGrowth through 2026Median salary (2016) 
Film and video editor; camera operator 13 percent $58,210 
Producer and director 12 percent $71,620 
Actor 12 percent $17.49 per hour on average 
Administrative services manager 10 percent $94,020 
Writer and author 8 percent $61,820 
High school teacher 8 percent $59,170 
Sales manager 7 percent $121,060 
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