Bachelors of Arts in Drama

USA Students acting in a play on stage.

The University of South Alabama offers a Bachelor of Arts in Drama that provides a theoretical foundation in the production of live theatre as well as practical knowledge and proficiency. Through coursework and four fully produced shows each year, students learn about the art form and prepare for entry-level work in the field. Students who major in drama gain better understanding of the theatre and have the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of the art, including performance, design and technology. Courses in this degree utilize lectures, workshops and practical experience in all phases of the theatre


Sydney Cramer


“South’s theatre department is well-known for its all-around education. I worked two years in the scene shop and then two years in the costume shop. And I was in at least one play every semester. So I truly did a bit of everything. I was always learning.”

- Sydney Cramer 


Why Major in Drama at South?

The professionally trained and experienced Department of Theatre and Dance faculty contribute a broad range of real-world experience. Students also attend a variety of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities. Events include the Southeastern Theatre Conference and Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. 

Careers in Drama

Students that major in drama move on to careers as actors, performers, theatre technicians, teachers, directors, youth theatre leaders and more.

Zach Gibson


Zach Gibson graduated from South in 2020 and spent his time auditioning for various film and theatre projects, learning new skills to add to his resume, and working at an escape room doing design, carpentry, and scenic painting work. He now works as an actor at Bright Star Touring Theatre, performing in children’s shows all over the country.

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The University of South Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance offers a limited number of scholarships and assistantships, each with their own criteria and requirements. The Laidlaw Trust provides funds for both Acting and Design Scholarships. Additionally, specialty awards also exist through endowed scholarships. For more information contact, or get more information on all University scholarship opportunities.


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