Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance

About the Theatre Performance, BFA

Step into the spotlight at CWU with a degree in Theatre Performance. Our program takes you through an in-depth study of the actor's craft, covering everything from script analysis and character development to voice and movement training. In a consent-based environment, you will learn to translate text into action and refine your skills to deliver impactful performances. We see your potential to captivate, inspire, and create unforgettable shows and we're committed to helping you realize this potential, setting the stage for you to shine.

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Why Study Theatre Performance at CWU?

We believe in learning by doing.

You'll have the opportunity to apply your skills in a variety of productions, experiencing the thrill of live performance. At CWU, you’ll find yourself in the company of experienced professionals who’ll guide you and help you find your artistic voice. You'll collaborate, learn from each other, and share in the excitement of bringing productions to life.

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How much does this program cost?

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Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Careers and Opportunities

Upon graduating from the Theatre Performance program, you will have the confidence, skills, and artistic vision to pursue a successful career in the world of theatre.

  • Stage and Screen Acting: As a graduate, you can pursue a career as a stage and screen actor, performing in theatre productions, films, television shows, and commercials.
  • Teaching Artist: Consider a career as a theatre educator, teaching acting, improvisation, voice at educational institutions, community centers, or acting classes in Seattle. You will inspire and mentor the next generation of performers.
  • Theatre Directing: If you have a passion for directing you can pursue a career as a director. You can work in various settings, including regional theatres, educational institutions, or start your own theatre companies.


Lights, Camera, Performance

The Central Theatre Ensemble, the production wing of the Theatre Arts Department, produces several shows each season, both on the main stage and in a studio (workshop) setting. Among the main stage offerings each year are a variety of performances including the annual musical theatre production. 2023 featured the Broadway darling “Into the Woods.”

In Her Own Words

Playwright and CWU alum Joanna G. found success in her creative space but also discovered that it applied more broadly in the working world:

“My excellent acting training not only prepared me for a career as a theatre artist, but it also gave me the tools (public speaking, problem-solving, creativity, preparedness) to succeed as a communications professional for Seattle Repertory Theatre and later Nike.”

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Theater Arts Department

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