Excelling as the premier professional theatre training program built upon a liberal arts foundation.

Our program offers the only bachelor of fine arts in the state and is dedicated to taking talented individuals and helping them realize their artistic dreams. We prepare students for professions in acting, musical theatre, design technology and many more. Students will be equipped with the talent and tools necessary for immediate professional work, graduate studies or instruction.


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    VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents four One-Act Plays, a collection of short works, presented in the Arena Theatre, Oct 20-22. Each play is directed by a USD theatre student or recent graduate, with USD students filling all...
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    You'll have additional opportunities to learn and grow your experience through partnerships with the Department of Theatre. These outside opportunities open doors for internships and employment.

  • Rebecca Bailey is directing two One-Act Plays this weekend, "Baby Food," and "The Lives of the Great Waitresses." She is an adjunct professor originally from Kentucky, who recently finished her MFA here at USD. While at USD, she directed "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "Ve...