Master Your Craft with a Major in Theatre at DeSales University

Ranked as one of the Top 10 colleges in Pennsylvania for Performing Arts by College Factual, DeSales offers a theatre major experience that can be compared to Olympic training—inspired, intense, and balanced between mind, body, and spirit. The program holds artistic excellence and academic excellence as mutually supportive and equally weighted goals. DeSales theatre offers its majors a feast of opportunities across all areas of theatre, as well as through the TV/film and Dance programs. 

The DeSales Theatre student may specialize in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Musical Theatre Performance 

  • Design/Technical Theatre 

  • Acting for Stage and Screen

  • Theatre Education 

The DeSales Theatre department offers five different levels of acting courses, two musical theatre performance courses, two acting for the camera courses, two voice courses, a movement course, two directing courses, design courses in all areas, and a myriad of other courses typically only found in a B.F.A. program: Stage Combat, Playwriting, Computer Aided Drafting, Costume History, Stage Management, etc. 

For a Complete List of our Coursework & Course Descriptions, please visit our website,

In addition to our classroom curriculum, we offer a myriad of opportunities so that our students cultivate a competitive work ethic in their field of study. Our department produces six main and second stage productions, more than 75 studio & TV/film projects, a Shakespeare tour, a New York City Showcase, and internships with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the professional wing of the department, which offers the Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) program. DeSales is one of the few schools able to help you earn weeks/ points toward your EMC as an undergraduate. These opportunities, along with established partnerships offering hands-on, industry-based international internships, allow our students to launch their careers with notable professional experience. 



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