Theatre Production

What makes the Theatre and Business Arts program unique?

Theatre artists, whether they are actors, directors, writers, designers, or other roles, are inherently entrepreneurial. The Theatre and Business Arts program at the University of Providence is focused on developing each student’s artistic skills. Students also gain a business education centered on the idea of artistic entrepreneurship and creating their own opportunities to build a career. The program offers a powerful collaboration of artistic and business development that will prepare students to compete in the artistic marketplace.

What will students learn in this program?

  • How to write a personal marketing plan describing how they will accomplish their goals in a competitive marketplace.
  • To develop their talent and read their audiences through performance, auditioning, interviewing and pitching projects.
  • To build team skills with communication, collaboration, organization and relationships.
  • A comprehensive curriculum in theater, business and liberal arts.
  • To demonstrate adaptability with both theory and practice, and to learn innovative ways to respond, react, problem-solve and influence situations constructively.
  • To articulate the value of their own creativity in resumes, interviews, grant proposals and other communications.
  • To write and analyze business plans with project goals, action steps, financial parameters, and expected results.


The UP Theatre Department mounts three to four main stage shows a year, including a mixture of plays and musicals from contemporary to classics. Recent shows include: Chicago, All in the Timing, Into the Woods, The Cherry Orchard, Jekyll and Hyde, Baskerville, Legally Blonde, Decision Height, South Pacific, I Hate Hamlet and Secret Garden. Several performance groups bring scenes, music and improv to the local community. Students are also encouraged and expected to collaborate to produce their own projects.

Career Preparation

Parents and students may be concerned about job opportunities in theatre after college. The UP Theatre and Business Arts major is designed to prepare students to compete in the artistic world by giving them tools to find meaningful employment in a variety of organizations.

Project management, communications, marketing, adaptability, teamwork and creative problem-solving are skills inherent in the theatre experience. With solid coursework in accounting, management, contract law, arts economics as well as technical stagecraft, acting, writing and directing, the Theatre and Business Arts major provides an inspiring and practical education. Students will be on track for a successful career in whatever artistic, entrepreneurial or administrative paths they choose.


Theatre and Business Arts




Michael Gilboe