Department of Theatre, Cinema & Dance

About Us


Are you creative? Do you love to explore innovative ways to tell your stories? Are you looking for an exciting career where you can let your creative ideas run wild?

Missouri Western’s  Bachelor of Arts program in Theatre, Cinema and Dance is one of only a handful in the United States and the only one in the region, and it will provide you with an outstanding education and hands-on experiences that will prepare you for a successful career.

You choose your path - stage or screen!

This Bachelor of Arts degree offers an outstanding integration of Theatre, Cinema and Dance. You decide which field to specialize in, but you will gain experience and knowledge in all aspects!

Each course in this program provides you with the professional training necessary to develop technical, creative and storytelling skills, and allows you the opportunity to focus and hone your craft, finding your own expressive voice. If you are interested in performance and you want to gain the necessary skills for both the stage and film, this program is for you. You choose your path to learn the technical skills to write, produce and direct for both stage and film.

Our graduates go on to pursue master’s degrees in their respective fields or seek careers as actors, editors, directors, cinematographers, lighting designers, audio engineers and more. This degree will give you the edge in today’s competitive job market.

Hands-on Experience – Right from the Start

From the very beginning of your college career, you will be using state-of-the-art HD equipment within your cinema courses, including the Stedi-cam, dolly and jib work. You will also have the opportunity to audition for our productions or get involved backstage, even in your first year here!  In the classroom, you’ll have opportunities to work with professional “real world” clients on commercials and music videos.  The professors use their professional contacts to bring in guest speakers and artists in the classroom, and take you on trips to studios, agencies and professional theatrical productions.  You also get hands-on experience in producing commercials for the university’s theatre productions.  Right from the start, you will be writing scripts, directing and creating sets for productions.  The experiences you gain will jump start your career!

On the Stage

Missouri Western Theatre produces four mainstage productions each year, so you will have plenty of opportunities to gain both on-stage and backstage experience.  Two of our season productions are in collaboration with the Music Department.  Recent productions include “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Phantom,” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

On the Set

From scriptwriting to marketing and everything in between, you will learn how to produce high quality commercials, viral videos, short films and more. Many of those productions are for real clients. You will graduate with a wealth of experience and a portfolio that will launch you into your career.

Outstanding Equipment

Missouri Western’s Theatre, Cinema and Dance program contains state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and you’ll have many opportunities to use them! Take a peek into the Equipment Cage, or Tour the Facilities!

Dynamic Team

Our dynamic, award-winning professors are ready to work with you so you gain a hands-on, high quality education that will launch you into an exciting careers in Theatre, Cinema, and Dance.  Thinking about graduate school?  You will be well prepared for that, too!