Theatre | Winthrop University


Bachelor of Arts

Students majoring in theatre at Winthrop University will experience a program that encourages a breadth of knowledge that includes production work as well as performance. All theatre majors have opportunities to assume artistic leadership roles during their academic careers in the department. Advanced students take on lead acting roles, design duties, stage management positions, technical direction responsibilities, box office management, direction, and more. Very few undergraduate programs offer these many opportunities for students to perform, design, direct, choreograph, stage manage, and run productions.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • Amazon
  • Bluegreen Vacations
  • Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
  • Citadel College
  • D & G Entertainment Design
  • Evolution Talent Agency Llc
  • HireRight
  • HUB International
  • JPS Selection Ltd
  • Power Home Remodeling
  • RainFocus
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
  • Sonitrol
  • South Carolina Arts Commission
  • UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Wells Fargo
  • White & Case LLP
  • WIS International

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Account Manager
  • Actor
  • Art Director
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement
  • Assistant Property Manager
  • Corporate Manager, Festival & Events Producer
  • Creative Director at Long Walk Productions
  • Deputy Director
  • Digital Designer
  • Director of Admissions and Outreach
  • Executive Search Consultant
  • Field Marketing Manager-South Region
  • Multimedia Coordinator & Music Minister
  • Office Manager at RidgeRock Retaining Walls, LLC
  • Partner
  • Project Director
  • Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Solutions Consultant
  • Talent

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Entertainment
  2. Higher Education
  3. Information Technology and Services
  4. Education Management
  5. Banking
  6. Financial Services
  7. Hospital & Health Care
  8. Hospitality
  9. Performing Arts
  10. Health, Wellness and Fitness

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

    Students continue with focused coursework in voice, acting and movement/dance, and they select a minor to complement their theatre studies.


    Students continue with focused coursework in acting and pursue advanced courses in musical theatre, including voice and dance, and they select a minor to complement their theatre studies.


    Students pursue advanced courses in design (costume, lighting, scenic) and stagecraft, and they select a minor to complement their theatre studies.


    Students pursuing the focused, professional degree program in teacher education take advanced courses in pedagogy, acting, directing, and theatre production.


Why Winthrop?

Student performing on stage

Nationally Accredited

Our theatre program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Students on stage

Student Performances

Each year, the department presents three theatre main stage productions and as many as six studio dance/theatre productions and other informal performances.

Theatre class backstage

Continued Success

Students seeking employment after graduating with a degree in theatre education have a 100 percent job placement rate.

Hear From Our Students and Faculty

Beyond Graduation

Shanola Hampton

Shanola Hampton
Theatre, Class of 1998

"Winthrop has one of the best theatre programs in the world in my opinion. I still use the training I received at Winthrop to this day. I use more of what I learned at Winthrop than what I learned in my graduate study. Also, the family atmosphere within the department was very supportive. The Winthrop program was not about putting you in a box; it was about defining who you were as an actress/actor, embracing that and then learning how to grow at what you do."

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