Bachelor of Arts


Theatre majors learn how to communicate in multiple forms and settings no matter their specialty. They are exposed not only to acting but to acoustics, aesthetics and art, among others.

Did You Know?

  • Theatre majors form the heart of several student drama organizations, including the four plays produced annually by Wake Forest Theatre.
  • Theatre major Elinor Grage (’22) earned the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, through which she taught English as a Second Language in the Czech Republic.


Sample courses for students studying Theatre include:

  • Voice and Movement
  • Theatrical Scene Design
  • Directing
  • Lighting

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Practical Experience & Skills

With the broad liberal arts education all students receive at Wake Forest, graduates emerge as strong critical thinkers, prepared to face life’s many challenges. Through discipline, performers, directors, designers, and stage managers learn clear self-expression and therefore grow in their ability to communicate well with others orally, visually, and in writing. They also learn about themselves and develop self confidence, organizational and analytical skills, and creative approaches to problem solving. Wake Forest theatre majors have become actors, directors, stage managers, designers, theatre artistic directors, professors, cabaret singers, playwrights, and members of comedy troupes. Others have made careers outside of the arts and enjoy participating in community theatre. Many graduates also serve on boards for civic arts organizations.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Creativity
  • Expressive ability
  • Keen observation of human traits and characteristics
  • Conceptual ability
  • Exposure to drama of various historical time periods
  • Quick thinking
  • Ability to relate to abstract ideas
  • Oral communication skills
  • Creative problem solving and interpretation
  • Memorization skills

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Clubs & Organizations

Theatre students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Wake Forest Theatre
  • Anthony Alston Players
  • Lilting Banshee Comedy Troupe
  • Lost in Translation
  • BiMoo Chinese Theatre Club

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Theatre majors include:

  • Actor/Actress
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Artist Agent
  • Box Office Manager
  • Casting Agent
  • Costume Designer
  • Director
  • Educator
  • Filmmaker
  • Hair/Make-up Artist
  • Marketing Director
  • Mascot
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Set, Lighting, or Prop Designer
  • Special Effects Manager
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director

Theatre graduates include a story writer and editor on the CBS series Bob Hearts Abishola; actors; architects; teachers; doctors; and aerospace engineers.

Related Programs

Those who are interested in Theatre also consider the following programs:


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