Students at the finale of the play Private Lives.

Our Program

The theatre program at Midwestern State University is devoted entirely to undergraduate instruction. As a result, motivated, capable students find themselves quickly involved not only in the classroom, but also in production work on stage and backstage. The program emphasizes the importance and interrelatedness of all aspects of theatre: performance, design, technical theatre, and scholarship. The theatre faculty members seek to cultivate an atmosphere of collaboration, ensemble, and mutual respect.

While the program is broad enough to cover the essential areas of the discipline, it also allows for specialization. Theatre majors are required to complete a basic core of courses covering theatre history, dramatic analysis, acting, directing, design, and technical theatre. They then select an emphasis in performance or design/technology. Majors can also choose to complete their theatre degree with teacher certification. MSU is one of only three schools in Texas to offer a B.F.A. in Theatre with Teacher Certification. Also, MSU is the only college in Texas to be a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.


Our Productions

Every year, principles studied in the classroom are applied in a season of three or four major productions. These productions offer performance, design, and technical opportunities for all majors  freshmen as well as upperclassmen. For each production, majors are assigned to a specific production crew. Periodically, student assistantships are available in the areas of costume construction, set construction, and publicity/box office. In the spring, student-produced one-act plays afford additional cast and crew positions for majors. Occasionally, the departments of Theatre and Music join forces to produce musicals.

Productions also give majors diverse experiences with various playwrights, time periods, and styles.

If you wish to audition for a theatre scholarship, please contact the MSU Theatre Department directly at to schedule a time to audition.

Our Dedication

MSU Theatre participates regularly in American College Theater Festivals, where it has won Critic's Choice and/or Directors' Choice Awards at both the stage and regional levels. The department has also played host to American College Theatre Festivals numerous times at the state level. Most years, design/technology students are encouraged to attend the annual USITT-Southwest conference with faculty members for both learning and presentation purposes. MSU Theatre proudly represents the Pi Delta chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, honorary theatre society.

The department has retained a Texas Educational Theatre Association Institutional membership since 1960. Midwestern State University became accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) in 2013. Ours is among a select group of nation-wide programs recognized for meeting NAST standards of excellence in teaching theatre. We strive to provide a high-quality education while helping you develop professionally.

Theatre students acting.

Our mid-sized program is our strength.

Students are able to compete constructively for roles, crew positions, and design opportunities while also connecting and working well together to achieve the passion and common goal of theatre production; every theatre major is offered an opportunity to contribute to that goal. Majors are motivated daily to challenge themselves and to open their minds. The enjoy small class sizes that lead to dynamic discussions and one-on-one support from faculty members. Midwestern State University students often share a common feeling of belonging, as though the university is home for them; our theatre program is no exception.

Acting students on stage.

Thank you

We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Bradley Wilson, assistant professor of Mass Communication, for helping us document some of our recent productions. Many of Dr. Wilson's photos appear on the Theatre Department's webpages.

We would also like to express our gratitude to Emma Brown, graduate academic counselor, for allowing us to use her photos for our homepage images. Her photos also appear on many of the Theatre Department's webpages.