Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Emphasis in Production

The emphasis in production prepares students to work professionally as stage managers and production assistants. The BFA in theatre requires:

  • A portfolio review and interview for entrance into the program. Portfolio reviews are held in early December, January and February (roughly concurrent with auditions). In addition, Theatre TCU students participate in the National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, drawing a student body from around the nation.
  • A yearly jury with the design and production faculty. No cuts are made; the jury is a time to assess growth and create a plan for further development.


BFA Production Entrance Interview Requirements

Bring a design portfolio and other visual support materials to their interview. Upload digital portfolio contents to

Entrance Interview Information


View the BFA in theatre (production) degree plan, course offerings and descriptions.

BFA design and production classes average 12 students. BFA production students have the opportunity to build and work on virtually every Theatre TCU. Because of our small class sizes, most production students who are interested in serving as a stage manager, technical director, master electrician, master carpenter, paint charge or first hand on a Theatre TCU production can be in these roles multiple times. Because we don’t have a graduate program in theatre, all student production staff are undergraduates.

Theatre TCU graduates work as stage managers in major theatre markets and locally in DFW. They are employed as stage managers and production technicians for cruise lines, corporate trade shows, fine arts high schools and college theatre programs.

Every theatre production is staffed with student stage managers and assistant stage managers, and students are mentored by production faculty to prepare for work in professional theatres. All BFA students work on the crew every semester which gives them skills in all areas of production as they work in scenic, props and costume studios and assist with sound and lighting setup and operation.

The Department of Theatre has three different theatre venues (proscenium, thrust, black box) in the same building, affording diverse production experiences for our theatre students. All BFA Theatre majors serve on a production crew each semester, rotating between a variety of assignments and training. That means that every student will be hanging lights, painting scenery, creating props, building costumes or working in the box office.

We have a fully staffed scenic studio and costume studio, where production students can learn their craft in a constant hands-on environment of safety, excellence and challenges. Many production students receive grants or are student employees in the studios. Our excellent professional staff includes skilled artisans, teachers and mentors who want to increase your production skills.