Theatre (BA)

FSU Theatre is home to a BA in Theatre, with minor offerings in Theatre and Dance. We produce an annual season of mainstage shows, including children's drama, musical theatre, African American drama, Classics and 24 Hour Theatre Project. Our program is led by world-class faculty with strong ties to the professional field.

Why Choose Theatre?

Our academic program includes an internship and other professional development so students may anticipate working in the field upon graduation. Many of our productions are part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which showcases work from the nation's leading college and university theatre. Graduates of our program have gone on to graduate school, teaching or professional work in the field.

Where Will You Learn?

Most FSU Theatre productions take place in our 200-seat Butler Theater in the heart of the east FSU campus. Equipped with state of the art lighting and sound technology and a fully furnished scene shop, Butler Theater is home to most of our mainstage shows and many of our classes. We occasionally produce shows in FSU's 1100-seat Seabrook Auditorium, including our children's production and special classics and musicals.

Titus Emmanual Ferrell

Titus Emmanual Ferrell (class of 2011) was recently hired as a resident company member with Atlanta's Kaiser Permanente children's theatre touring company.

What Will You Learn?

  1. Demonstrate competency in creating, researching, critically analyzing, and evaluating a theatrical artifact.
  2. Implement conceptually, critically, and practically the components integral to the theatrical artifact.
  3. Identify and understand historical, multicultural, and social contexts for an artifact as they pertain to significant periods, genres, and styles.
  4. Exhibit competency in the responsibilities involved in collaborating as a production team member.

What Will You Do?

With drive, initiative and ability, a degree in Theatre prepares you for numerous career choices and possibilities. Practical skills in performance, communication, education, management, design, and production prepare you for careers in:

  • Actor Stand-in (film work)
  • Theme Park Entertainment Comedian/Impersonator
  • Stunt Coordinator Technical Director
  • Scenic Painter Costumer/Draper/Dresser
  • Sound Board Operator Light Board Operator
  • Stage Hand Properties Coordinator
  • Dramaturge Playwright
  • Theatre/Film Critic Broadcast journalist
  • Entertainment writer/editor Screenwriter

Additional Career Paths:

Not everyone wants to be on stage and that's okay. Theatre is an excellent major for developing job-related skills, and employers seeks skills developed in theatre classes and productions-skills such as building teamwork, communication and commitment.

  • Direction Design
  • Technical Theatre & Production Management
  • Acting Education & Instruction
  • Theatre History Theatre/Film Criticism
  • Writing Criticism
  • Talent Representation (i.e., agents) Labor Relations
  • Producing Advertising/Marketing
  • Radio/TV Voice Work
  • Training & Development Public Affairs
  • Box Office Public Relations

Ticket & Patron Info

FSU Theatre Company Ticket & Patron Information

Showtimes are indicated on the season listing. The student ticket price is in effect ONLY until curtain time. After curtain time, the full adult ticket price applies. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited and FSU shows tend to sell out fast!

Contact Information
  • The FSU Ticket Office and Manager, Ms. Antoinette Fairley, can be reached at 910-672-1724.
  • For information, call (910) 672-2574 or email
FSU Theatre Company Ticket Policy
  • If you have a complimentary ticket, it must be picked up by 7:15 p.m. If it is not picked up by curtain time, it is forfeited and you will be charged the full adult price.
  • Student prices apply ONLY to the student with the ID. Student tickets will be sold one per ID card. Students may only pick up their own tickets. Extra tickets will be charged at the full adult price.
  • Please Note: If you arrive after the show has started you may not be seated until an appropriate break in the play (for example at scene change or intermission.)
  • If you use a cell phone, flash camera or video camera during the show an usher will ask that you leave.
  • Theatre Etiquette and Guidelines for Audiences indicate NO cell phones, flash photos, digital devices or videotaping please!
  • Children are welcome at FSU Theatre productions; however, disruptive children may be escorted from the performance.
Be a Good Audience Member!

Credit given to EbzB Productions for the following Guidelines.

Unlike television and movies, theatre thrives on the participation of the audience. Audience reactions and responses can be heard by performers and have a direct effect on the quality of the entire performance. The following are guidelines to help new theatergoers understand both the importance and responsibilities of being a good audience member. Appropriate audience behavior ensures a good experience for everyone.

Be Orderly and Prompt - Safety is the primary concern. Please respect other audience members and the theatre building by entering and exiting in an orderly fashion. Please, no running, pushing, or horseplay. It is best to arrive fifteen minutes early, as latecomers can disrupt the performers and the audience-or may not be seated until later! Please visit rest rooms before or after the performance, or during intermission.

Read - A playbill is provided to inform you about the play and the actors you are about to see. Reading it before the lights dim will provide you with a deeper understanding of what you see and hear on stage.
Listen and Observe - There is so much to hear (dialogue, music, sound effects, inflection, etc.) and so much to see (costumes, props, set design, lighting effects and theatre architecture). Unlike video, you cannot rewind if you miss something. When the lights dim for the show to begin, it is the audience's cue to stop talking and begin listening.

Unplug - Please turn off all electronics or anything that beeps: cell phones, cameras, watches, etc. If you are with someone who has a hearing aid that emits a high pitch, please politely alert them to silence it. Inappropriate noises are a distraction for both the actors and the audience. Even whispering to your neighbor is considered an inappropriate distraction.

Please, 'Don't Feed The Audience' - Food, drink, and gum are not allowed inside the theatre. Katherine Hepburn, great stage and screen actress, once stopped a Broadway performance when she heard an audience member crinkling a candy wrapper! Eating and drinking, while permitted in movie theatres, is extremely distracting to live performers.

Laugh Out Loud - Positive audience sounds are encouraged. You may freely and honestly respond to the performance with by laughing, applauding, crying, and expressing any other forms of appreciation and emotion. And, by all means, please do participate if asked by the actors to contribute a verbal response.

Think - Think about your theatre experience during and after the performance. Are there lessons to be learned? How does the material apply to your life? Would you make the same decisions as the characters in the circumstances given? Did the performance inspire you? Are you happy, angry, bored, or encouraged by what you saw? Think it through and talk about it with others after the show.

Thank you and enjoy the performance!