Performance Emphasis

Performance Emphasis

Are you interested in studying theatre and developing your gifts for a future in theatre performance? Our BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Performance offers you a rigorous education and a wealth of experiences to prepare you for a range of performance careers.


Choosing to major in Theatre with a Performance emphasis offers you many benefits, including the following:

  • You will be prepared for dramatic performance as an actor, director, or other performing artist through intensive work in sensory awareness, observation skills, and selective imagination. 
  • You will grow in your mastery of stage movement through work in physical flexibility, balancing, circus techniques, hand-to-hand combat, and use of theatrical masks for performance. 
  • You will develop vocal skills of support, projection, and articulation.
  • Through your studies and your participation in theatre productions, you will be exposed to a wide range of theatrical forms and styles.

Major Courses and Degree Requirements

In addition to your core Theatre major courses, with a Performance emphasis you will take courses that provide you with a focused and integrative approach to Theatre performance. Courses include “Stage Movement,” “Theatre Voice,” “Playwriting,” and “Auditioning.” You will study aspects of acting that include creating character and performance techniques for plays of specialized historic and stylistic genres. 

The minimum total credits required for a Theatre major emphasis is 80 quarter credits, including 30 upper-division credits. The minimum total credits required for a degree is 180 quarter credits.

View the major courses and degree requirements

Entering the Major

You may enter this major during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.  

Career Opportunities

  • Actor
  • Acting Coach
  • Artistic Director
  • Casting Agent
  • Choreographer
  • Dialect Coach
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Events Host
  • Fight Choreographer/Director
  • Motion Capture Performer
  • Movement Coach
  • Playwright
  • Teaching Artist
  • Voice Actor

Faculty Contact

Candace Vance

Associate Professor of Theatre; Chair of Theatre; Head of Performance
MA, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance (London)

Phone: 206-281-2934
Office: McKinley 102

Candace Vance

Read Seattle Pacific Instructor of Theatre Candace Vance’s story in her own words.


Theatre Scholarships

The Theatre Department awards 10 or more Theatre scholarships each year ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. You do not need to major in Theatre to receive these scholarships.