Performance & Practice

Welcome to the Acting and Directing programs at the University of Montana! Here students can pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in various areas of Theatre. Our curriculum includes classes in Directing, Voice for the Stage, Physical Performance, Musical Theatre, Theatre History, Performance Theory, Drama Education, and all levels and traditions of Acting, including Shakespeare, devised theatre, and contemporary approaches.  We also offer many special-topics courses designed to suit the needs of our current students. Check out our degree offerings under Degrees and Academics at the tab on the left to find out more about our programs.

With an average student to teacher ratio of 10-1, our small classes, faculty expertise and commitment, and individualized attention help make us the premier Theatre School in the Pacific Northwest. Alumni from our program have gone onto perform and direct on- and off-Broadway, in films, television and radio, at prestigious regional theatres, and internationally.  Our graduates have gone into careers in other areas as well including business, law, medicine, education, engineering, and environmental and political science. From working on mainstage theatre productions to being involved with filmmaking projects, to writing and directing short plays for student-produced festivals, our students participate in numerous activities each semester.

Our programs and classes offer you the opportunity to learn more about and excel in the performing arts and they also teach life skills that will help you succeed in other endeavors. Our degrees help you explore yourself, your society, and your world and teach collaboration, problem-solving, and innovative thinking. There has never been a better time to earn a degree in Theatre and we would love to guide you through that journey!  Email or call us for more information about how you can become a part of our community.

Opportunities

Mainstage Season
The School of Theatre & Dance mounts multiple productions each year as part of the School's mainstage season that includes two dance concerts. From the contemporary to the classical, from original works to award-winning musicals, our productions offer the very best in the Rocky Mountain region. Auditions for these productions are almost always open to anyone, with preference given to students whenever possible. BFA and MFA actors are required to play a number of roles as part of their studies.

Studio Shows
From time to time, faculty, grad students, and guest directors work with actors on projects open to the public in a less-structured format than a mainstage-season show.

Media Arts Films

Students have the opportunity to be cast in Media Arts undergraduate and graduate student films, commercials, and animated projects throughout the academic year. These opportunities provide authentic experience working with the camera and leave actors with the beginning material for a film reel.

Service Learning and Community Initiatives

We offer a great deal of service learning opportunities. From community based projects, to teaching and performing in local schools, to role play exercises with businesses and special interest groups, our students can choose from a variety of experiences designed to offer experiential learning and community service. 

International Programs
Through our association with the Office of International Programs and our partner schools abroad, students can take advantage of many international opportunities, from short intensives to a semester or year of international study.

International Programs
Through our association with the Office of International Programs and our partner schools abroad, students can take advantage of many international opportunities, from short intensives to a semester or year of international study.

Montana Repertory Theatre

Montana Repertory Theatre is the professional theatre-in-residence at the University of Montana. It provides professional opportunities for the students through various programs on  and off campus and in and out of town. Montana Rep works under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association and is a member of The Theatre Communications Group (TCG).