Study Acting at UM

Do you love acting? At the University of Montana there are several curricular paths to studying the craft of acting. No interview or audition is required for initial entry into the BA Theatre degree where students complete foundational courses in acting, script analysis, and theatre production. 

After students have successfully completed their first year of study they are invited to audition for the BFA in Acting. The curriculum includes classes in Directing, Stage Management, Voice and Speech, Physical Performance, and all levels and traditions of Acting, including Shakespeare, devised theatre, contemporary approaches, and acting for camera.  Students are also encouraged to take electives in other areas of the visual and performing arts that will supplement and expand their abilities as performers.

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! 

Performance Opportunities

All performance opportunities in the School of Theatre and Dance are open to anyone who auditions. Auditions for these opportunities are open to anyone, with priority given to students whenever possible. BFA Acting students are required to work as both crew and cast members across multiple performance opportunities during their time in the program.

Mainstage Season


The School of Theatre & Dance mounts multiple mainstage performances each year. The mainstage season is selected to meet the curriculum needs of our student body and to encourage attendance by the local Missoula community. They include the opportunity to collaborate with Graduate Students directors, faculty and student designers, and student choreographers and dancers.

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.

Student Films
 and Media Arts

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.

Montana Repertory Theatre


Montana Repertory Theatre is the professional theatre-in-residence at the University of Montana. Montana Rep provides paid professional opportunities for students as performers and technicians working alongside professionals in their local and touring productions. Montana Rep works under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association and is a member of The Theatre Communications Group (TCG).