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The B.A. in Theatre Arts: Performance and Practices is focused on contemporary theatre-making practices and is designed to provide the multi-talented performer-entrepreneur with the environment and tools needed to create, develop and produce innovative, imaginative and thought-provoking theatre.

This degree is one of very few undergraduate programs in the country training contemporary theatre collaborators today who will innovate and lead in making the theatre of tomorrow. Our bustling Conservatory is set in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, adjacent to our Cultural District and many theatres, including:

  • The Pittsburgh Public Theatre
  • City Theatre
  • Bricolage Theatre Company
  • The August Wilson Center
  • Quantum Theatre
  • Pittsburgh Playwrights
  • Arcade Comedy Club
  • The New Hazlett Theatre
  • Civic Light Opera (CLO)

Working in our Pittsburgh Playhouse, a three-theatre national laboratory for young artists, students in this program will be part of developing new projects and practices - under the guidance of professionally active faculty - connecting multiple disciplines in state-of-the-art facilities. Students are immersed in courses and opportunities that explore creativity, aesthetics, design, playwriting, directing, producing, devised work, ensemble and social justice, among other theatre topics, along with a rigorous sequence in core academics. Students also have internship, casting and other professional opportunities within the theatre community of Pittsburgh.

Students in the 120-credit program have the option to pursue minors, a double major, study abroad and may, with summer coursework, complete their degree in three years.

Inside the New Pittsburgh Playhouse

New Pittsburgh Playhouse Opens at Point Park University

Faculty bring industry experience to the classroom

Point Park faculty members bring academic and work experience into the classroom.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Sheila McKenna
  • Teaches acting, voice and speech and directing
  • An actress and a director for more than 30 years
  • Associate Artistic Director, Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company

Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education by combining the core curriculum and courses in your major:

  • Acting
  • Voice and Speech
  • Stagecraft
  • Improv
  • Playwriting
  • Singing for Actors
  • Stage Movement
  • Stage Makeup
  • Production
  • Directing
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Script Analysis
  • Professional Seminar
  • Senior Capstone

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