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Theatre Studies

Attain a comprehensive theatre education so you can be successful in your career in directing, stage management, playwriting or pursuing a graduate degree in theatre.

Why Study Theatre Studies?

As a theatre studies major at USD, you will prepare to be a well-rounded theatre practitioner and scholar. Here, you will grow personally and creatively as you prepare to enter the theatre profession or further your education as a graduate student. Our program provides you with coursework and extracurricular activities where you will cover a broad range of theatre history, dramatic literature, performance, production techniques and practices, and theory.

Develop production techniques, prepare a role for performance and learn to analyze play scripts as a theatre studies major at USD.

Degrees & Offerings

Theatre: Theatre Studies (BFA)

  Vermillion Main Campus

This program of study is intended for students seeking a comprehensive theatre education.  It is recommended for students wishing to emphasize in the areas of directing, stage management, playwriting, pursuing graduate study in theatre or for those who have not yet decided upon an area of specialization.

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Program Details






Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education.
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Black Hills Playhouse

The Black Hills Playhouse, a division of the University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts, is a regional theatre located in Custer State Park. 

USD Theatre Production


Whether you are interested in a career in acting, musical theatre, design technology or a related field, the real-world experiences and connections you find in the Department of Theatre will help you get there.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Theatre. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and fostering student engagement and leadership.
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Raimondo Genna



Theatre History, Critical Theory and Analysis, Performance Studies
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Sabrina Egeland

Assist Prof of Practice, Costume Techn & Mgnt


Costume Technology, Costume Shop Management
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Chaya Gordon-Bland

Associate Professor
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Scott Mollman

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Matthew Nesmith

Associate Professor
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Victor Shonk

Associate Professor
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Chase Your Dream Career

Leading artists, artisans and technicians serve as guest artists for USD’s Department of Theatre. From Tony Award-winning choreographers to master puppeteers to cutting-edge automation, we celebrate the amazing wealth of knowledge our fellow artists from across the country and around the world bring to Vermillion and our students.

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