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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts: Several Concentration Options


Welcome to the Theatre Arts program, part of Southern Oregon University's Oregon Center for the Arts. Designated a Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts by the Oregon University System (OUS), Southern Oregon University is the longest-standing OUS institution to offer the preprofessional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre.

Notable Alumni Include:

Faculty Info: Jackie Apodaca, Ginger Eckert, David R. Humphrey, Laurie Kurutz, Eric Levin, David McCandless, Brendan McMahon, Sean O’Skea, Jesse Purkerson, Deborah Rosenberg, Michael Stanfill.

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