Theatre Studies at NIU
Bachelor of Arts

From playwriting to criticism, explore the vibrant world of theater.

The stories that come to life in the theater are made possible by a range of talented professionals. By majoring in theatre studies, you can investigate aspects of the field that interest you most, such as acting, directing and theater management. You'll gain the skills and experience to excel in careers or graduate study in the performing arts.

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What Can I Do With a Theatre Studies Degree From NIU?

When you graduate, you'll be ready for a career in professional or academic theater, training theater artists or advanced study in theater. Your creativity and critical-thinking skills will prepare you to thrive in the evolving entertainment industry and promote equitable representation.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Acting
  • Leadership
  • Stage management
  • Training management

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Arts and entertainment
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Services

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Career Potential for NIU Theatre Studies Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Adam London Consulting
  • AMC Networks
  • Aqua Studio NY
  • Ingenuity - Chicago 
  • Moorpark College

Job titles include:

  • Actor
  • Crew member
  • Lighting designer
  • Project manager
  • Technical director

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Theatre Studies Major at NIU

Our program will give you a solid foundation in all aspects of theater, including playwriting, design and technology, dramaturgy and criticism. You'll have access to a wide variety of engaged learning experiences and performance opportunities, including those provided by our proximity to Chicago.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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