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Mamma Mia performance

Theatre Degrees at NMU

NMU offers three different theatre bachelor's degrees and a minor. All of the programs are designed to give students a wealth of experience in whichever area of theatre they choose to focus on. Each theatre program at NMU is rooted in hands-on experience and one-on-one learning opportunities with our instructors. Our theatre degrees include:

  • Musical Theatre (BFA)
  • Theatre Technology and Design (BFA)
  • Theatre and Entertainment Arts (BA)
  • Theatre and Entertainment Arts Minor

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Holiday Cabaret

Dance Degrees at NMU

Northern offers a bachelor's degree and a minor in dance. The Bachelor of Arts in Dance program at NMU focuses on technique, composition, performance, pedagogy, and science to create well-rounded, critical thinking dance professionals. Whether their chosen focus is on stage or behind the scenes, students will have the option to add a “track” to the required coursework to create an individualized educational experience based on their needs post-graduation.

  • Dance (BA)
  • Dance Minor
Lilith Kontos

"Working with the theatre community, both on-campus and more largely in Marquette, has been the most rewarding [part of my NMU experience]. I never get tired of seeing a bunch of different people come together to make a piece of art; there's something incredible about how hard everybody works to produce a show."

Lilith Kontos

B.S. English '19 | Waukesha, WI

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Two students working in the scene shop

Academic Programs in the Department of Theatre and Dance

One of the finest and most active undergraduate theatre and dance programs in the country can be found at Northern Michigan University. If you’re interested in pursuing a theatre or dance-related career, and are willing to work hard to gain the necessary experience and skills, then a theatre or dance degree from NMU may be for you!

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Opportunities to Get Involved

As a student in the Department of Theatre and Dance, you will have the opportunity to become involved in many aspects of NMU's theatrical productions, from performing, directing, or choreographing to working on production, design, and technical teams. These are all experiences from which you will gain critical knowledge and acquire marketable skills and competencies.

The Department of Theatre and Dance also offers offstage employment opportunities in our marketing office/box office as well as our costume, scene, and electrics shops. Learn more below:

  • Marketing office employees help design programs and other print materials, create exciting social media posts, and handle all marketing and advertising for the Theatre and Dance Department.
  • Box office employees sell tickets, work as house managers and ushers, and warmly welcome patrons to NMU Theatre and Dance.
  • Costume shop employees create and alter costumes for all of our productions. From sewing to sizing, the costume shop makes sure our actors are always looking fabulous!
  • Scene shop employees paint and build all of the sets and scenic elements for every show. 
  • Electrics shop employees light up the stage! They take care of the lighting and sound elements of each production.