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You’rE tOMORROW’S leading Role.

One of the unique features of Butler’s Department of Theatre is the flexibility it offers to students. As a Theatre major here, you’re not confined to a single track. Instead, you have the opportunity to choose between two distinctive degree programs: the BFA in Acting and the BA in Theatre. This choice empowers you to tailor your education to your evolving passions and goals.

When you join the Department of Theatre, you don’t have to commit to a specific program right away. You can explore both paths and switch between them as your interests develop and your skills grow. This flexibility reflects our commitment to nurturing your individual voice and helping you carve out your personal journey towards success in the world of theatre. It’s about giving you the tools to thrive as a versatile and adaptable artist, ready to embrace the diverse opportunities that await you in the world of performing arts.

Program Information



Sample courses in this program include:

  • TH 111 – Acting 1
  • TH 122 – Voice for the Actor 1
  • TH 250 – Text Analysis
  • TH 441 – Stage Directing 1
  • TH 451 – Critical Perspectives in Theatre 1

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

Learning Outcomes

Butler theatre students develop their own voices through rigorous study and collaborative practice. Specifically our students will learn to:

Demonstrate proficiency in theatre processes, including play analysis, performance, technologies, design, and directing.

Demonstrate the ability to apply theatre processes in production.

Demonstrate an understanding of theatre in relationship to historical and contemporary contexts, as well as its historical and contemporaneous relationship to other art forms.

Demonstrate an understanding of the collaborative nature of theatre.

Demonstrate the ability to assess quality in works of theatre.

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William Fisher
Professor of Theatre
Butler Theatre – JCA
William Fisher is a professor of theatre at Butler University where he directs productions and teaches Directing, devised theatre, physical theatre, and acting. He joined Butler Theatre after years at Ohio University as head of the undergraduate…
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Rob Koharchik
Professor of Theatre
Butler Theatre – JCA
Rob is an Associate Professor at Butler University and teaches Set and Lighting Design in the Department of Theatre. Rob also works as a freelance designer. He has designed for many theatre companies including: Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis,…
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Wendy Meaden
Professor of Theatre and Associate Dean
Butler Theatre – JCA
Wendy Meaden – Professor of TheatreAssociate Dean, Jordan College of the ArtsWendy is a professional costume designer and draper (pattern maker).  She currently mentors students and teaches courses in Costume Design, Fashion History, Mask Work, and…
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The program helps you discover your interests.

“While speaking about my experiences in the Butler Theatre department to prospective students, I always emphasize the importance of receiving a well-rounded liberal arts education. The program requires you to learn all facets of theatrical arts to help you discover your interests.”

Kelly Schwantes ’21

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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