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Theatre Teaching Major

If you're interested in teaching theatre, this major is for you. Our hands-on curriculum connects our award-winning Theatre Department with UIndy's highly regarded School of Education. You'll be given the opportunity to study all areas of theatre and apply your studies to the classroom experience in public and private schools in the Indianapolis area.

To be eligible for a middle/high school teaching license, you must take at least 46.5 credit hours in theatre, in addition to education courses. You can complete the program in four years. To make sure you stay on track in both areas, you'll have two academic advisors—one in the Theatre Department and one in the Teacher Education Department.

Program strengths

  • Theatre portion of the curriculum focuses on all areas of theatre including acting, directing, production, scenic design, costume design, lighting, dramatic literature and more
  • Education courses cover fundamental teaching concepts and methods that allow you to develop your personal identity as a theatre teacher
  • Ability to enter the classroom within your first year, gaining experience very early on in your education
  • A variety of school settings give you practice with applying various teaching methods in the classroom
  • Studio theatre classes are limited to 12 students for more individualized attention
  • Education courses teach you to confidently enter a classroom, from lesson-planning to articulating your own unique approach to pedagogy
“Every single production I was part of completely prepared me for my job, especially as a theatre director. I am able to seamlessly transition from director to actor to stage manager to designer while teaching my students the importance of each area. The work in the theatre department taught me how to be responsible, hold myself accountable, work with others, and prioritize what is demanded from me.”
Caitlyn Spires
7th Grade Language Arts Teacher & Drama Club Sponsor

Well-rounded curriculum 

Our curriculum focuses on all areas of theatre including acting, directing, technical theatre, costume design, scenic design, lighting design, dramatic literature, play analysis, theatrical makeup and more. You'll have the chance to fill many different roles in productions as applied learning experiences – student actors, designers, stage managers, assistant directors and technicians. 

Freshman courses & course sequence

You must take the following introductory theatre courses during your first year.

  • Stagecraft
  • Introduction to Theatre Design
  • Play Analysis
  • Acting I

Please note that since a number of our upper level courses are offered every other year, you must adhere to a specific course sequence throughout your four years at UIndy to ensure you have all the required courses to graduate. As a theatre student, you will have access to a full projected course sequence on My UIndy to help you stay on track. You will also have a faculty advisor and an academic advisor to help you navigate course registration each semester. 

Special Topics courses

In addition to courses in the regular curriculum, a number of Special Topics courses are offered on a rotating schedule and are based on student interest. Examples of Special Topics courses may include the following, or could be created from students' suggestions:

  • Playwriting
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Scene Painting
  • Millinery & Costume Crafts
  • Stage Combat
  • Stage Management
  • Auditioning

Theatre teaching might be for you if:

  • You have a passion for performing arts
  • You would rather spend the majority of your time training students in theatre and directing productions than being onstage or backstage
  • You have a desire to teach in a classroom setting
  • You genuinely enjoy helping others

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a theatre teaching major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The theatre teaching guide lists all of the classes you will need to take in order to fulfill the major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will be at UIndy.