Theatre (BA)


Your creative future starts at Detroit Mercy by earning your Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre! Join us as we discover new worlds and places that look just like our own. Learn by collaborating and exploring diverse perspectives with courage and compassion. Develop distinct skills leading toward many different career paths. Experience how mentorship is at the cornerstone of our program and the launching pad for a network full of connections and opportunities. Be amazed as you apply classroom theory to stage-time practice while creating experiences that lead to future opportunities.

The mission of the Detroit Mercy Department of Performing Arts is to train students to develop their intellectual, ethical and practical skills for a creative future. To accomplish this mission, we focus on five core concepts: Discovery, Collaboration, Skills, Mentorship and Future Opportunities.

We are a collective of artists composed of students, faculty and professional guest artists, producing gritty relevant theatre that entertains and awakens the imagination. We are concerned with stimulating artistic expression by articulate, dynamic and creative people.

Connecting classroom curriculum with practical experience, Detroit Mercy Theatre Company, the production arm of the Department of Performing Arts, produces a variety of live performances on the Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus, at professional theatres in our community and travels throughout metro Detroit. We produce cutting-edge works by contemporary playwrights, original works, musicals and classic plays from the American theatre cannon.

Non-Theatre major students whose career goals include public appearances, presentations or performance in fields such as business, health administration, pre-law and social work may be interested in the Theatre minor.

Students majoring in Theatre will work with faculty advisors to develop the course of study that best suits their professional goals.

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    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre (120 credits)

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.

    Requirements for the Major (36 credits)

    The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre is for students who intend to achieve their goals as theatre practitioners and artists.

    Students majoring in Theatre are expected to:

    • Audition for all productions including student projects in directing;
    • Participate in all productions in some way other than being cast;
    • Accept any role or assignment that is given;
    • Attend departmental functions and receptions.

    Non-Credit Degree Requirements:

    1. Fulfillment of 200 hours total of theatre production work.
      • These hours will be documented by the Department of Performing Arts.
    2. Portfolio Requirement
      • Graduating Theatre majors and minors will present a portfolio of selected materials reflecting the student’s academic experience within the Department of Performing Arts. Theatre majors cannot be awarded their degree without completing their final portfolio.

    Required Courses (36 credits):

    • TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting (3 credits)
    • TRE 2540 Voice and Movement (3 credits)
    • TRE 2550 Script Analysis (3 credits)
    • TRE 2660 Stage Crafts (3 credits)
    • TRE 2680 Acting II: Realism (3 credits)
    • TRE 2700 Theatre for Social Change (3 credits)
    • TRE 3060 Principles of Arts Management (3 credits)
    • TRE 3100 Theatrical Design (3 credits)
    • TRE 3650 Fundamentals of Directing (3 credits)
    • TRE 4305 Theatre History I (3 credits)
    • TRE 4325 Theatre History II (3 credits)
    • TRE 4990 Senior Seminar in Theatre Studies (3 credits)

    Senior Seminar:

    Graduating seniors will enroll in TRE 4990 Senior Seminar in Theatre Studies (3 credits), where they will create a final performance, project or portfolio with an appropriate advisor.

    Other Theatre courses offered:

    • TRE 1310* Introduction to the Theatre (3 credits)
    • TRE 1320 Rehearsal and Production I - taken 4 times (1 credit / total of 4 credits)
    • TRE 1500* Fundamentals of Human Expression (3 credits)
    • TRE 2650 Management Techniques (3 credits)
    • TRE 3505 Improvisation (3 credits)
    • TRE 3515 Musical Theatre Performance (3 credits)
    • TRE 3525 Voice Acting (3 credits)
    • TRE 3545 Accents and Dialects (3 credits)
    • TRE 3555 Acting Styles: Shakespeare (3 credits)
    • TRE 3565 Acting Styles: Restoration/High Comedy (3 credits)
    • TRE 3575 Acting for the Camera (3 credits)
    • TRE 3595 Audition Techniques (3 credits)
    • TRE 3740 Rehearsal and Production II - taken 4 times (1 credit / total of 4 credits)
    • TRE 4311 Survey of Theatre History (3 credits)
    • TRE 4315** Survey of Theatre History Research (1 credit)
    • TRE 4950 Directed Studies (3 credits)
    • TRE 4960 Directed Studies in Acting (3 credits)
    • TRE 4970 Directed Studies in Directing (3 credits)
    • TRE 4980 Directed Studies in Design (3 credits)

    * Fulfills the Aesthetic Experience E3 requirement of the University Core Curriculum.
    ** TRE 4315 must be taken concurrently with TRE 4311.



    Fine Arts

    The introductory course in fine arts fulfills the Aesthetic Experiences requirement of E3 of the University Core Curriculum. Focus on theory and appreciation rather than practice makes this course suitable for non-majors:

    • FINA 2000 Introduction to the Arts (3 credits)

    Students discover the language, principles and methodologies needed to understand the aesthetic experience. Exposure to and discussion of key works in painting, sculpture, architecture, music, dance, cinema and all forms of theatre lead to understanding the role of the arts in reflecting, explaining and guiding both individual development and civilization itself.



    Course offerings in music, with the exception of MUS 1000 University Chorus (1 credit), fulfill the Aesthetic Experience E3 requirement of the University Core Curriculum. Music courses provide students with a wide variety of cultural experiences. A general music survey course explores European and American orchestral and vocal music. Other studies include musical theatre, emphasizing Broadway musicals, opera and operetta. Course offerings are also available in American and African American music, which include the study of jazz, spirituals, folk and classical genres.

    Fulfills E3 Aesthetic Experiences of the Core:

    • MUS 2020 Survey of Our Music Heritage (3 credits)
    • MUS 2060 Music of the Theatre (3 credits)
    • MUS 2080 American Music (3 credits)
    • MUS 2090 African-American Women in Music (3 credits)

    Does NOT fulfill E3 Aesthetic Experiences of the Core:

Program Contact Information

Gregory Grobis, M.F.A.
Associate Professor and Chair
Managing Director for the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
Department of Performing Arts
Reno Hall, Room 037
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-3269
Fax: 313-993-3256