Jordan College of the Arts



| Bachelor of Fine Arts

The BFA in Acting in Butler’s Department of Theatre is specifically intended for the serious undergraduate student who seeks deep actor training that is complemented and supported by production experiences in all aspects of theatre. Students will take courses in acting, voice for the actor, stage movement, design and technology, history, directing, and more. 

Students will also participate in a diverse range of productions held in a variety of venues. The mainstage production program includes repertoire from contemporary, classical, musical, international, children’s theatre, devised, and more. Students will also perform in state-of-the-art production spaces, including a 100-seat studio theatre, a 450-seat proscenium theatre, a 350-seat “Greek-style” theatre, and a 2,200-seat theatre.  This program is designed to prepare students for entry into professional acting work and for entry into graduate MFA Acting programs.

Unique to Butler’s Department of Theatre is the ability for students to choose between the BFA in Acting and the BA in Theatre. If a student is admitted to the Department of Theatre, they make the decision as to which degree program they want to pursue—and can change their mind throughout their time at Butler. We support and empower our students to develop their individual student voice and to choose their own path to success.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • TH122, Voice for the Actor
  • TH314, Acting 4 Shakespeare
  • TH323, Special Topics in Physical Theatre 
  • TH419, Acting for the Camera
  • TH491, Theatre Capstone: Auditions/Monologues

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

  • Costume Design/Technical Theatre
  • Directing
  • Music Theatre
  • Set and Light Design/Technical Theatre
  • Stage Management

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Imagine. Innovate. Inspire.

True innovation in arts education comes from a combination of a liberal arts foundation, personal attention from renowned practicing artists, and opportunities for performance, internships, and community outreach. 

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) students are challenged from their first days on campus to embrace their individuality and learn their art. Add collaborative partnerships and personalized experiences and students are primed to practice and create their best work. 

Through it all, we create the new artist-citizen. Those who will inspire the evolution of the arts—making our communities, economies, culture, and people better for it.