MajorTheatre Performance

Wichita State's award-winning Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) theatre performance program will equip you with a firm foundation of knowledge and practical skills for a successful theatre career. You'll enjoy personalized training with acclaimed professionals and virtually countless opportunities to showcase your talent on campus and throughout Kansas' center of arts and culture.

Learn how theatre performance is the right fit for you.

Students performing on stage.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the College of Fine Arts, you must first be admitted to Wichita State. Once you're admitted to WSU, you'll need to schedule an audition through the School of Performing Arts.

For WSU's admission requirements, and to apply, click the link below.

Inside the Program

Student playwright receives national honors 

Theatre students at WSU have many opportunities to show off their talents on a big stage.

That's the case for Josh Whedon, whose original play, "States of Happiness," won the WSU Playwriting Competition before being chosen for a regional performance in Iowa.

The critics were impressed, because "States of Happiness" -- an all-student production -- was then honored as one of only 10 distinguished productions in the nation by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C.


The BFA in theatre performance consists of 85 credit hours. You'll take courses in all aspects of theatre from acting and directing to script analysis and stage lighting. You'll also choose from a number of theatre electives based on your interests and career goals.


From local productions to Broadway, a degree in theatre from Wichita State's College of Fine Arts equips students with the skills, connections and confidence for careers in TV, film and the stage.

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