Whether you are a theatre major, high school student, transfer student, undecided freshman, or any major who just wants to be involved, welcome to the Department of Theatre and Drama community!

Navigating the vast campus resources, opportunities, and degree requirements can sometimes be overwhelming for any student. Your undergraduate Theatre and Drama advisor is here to answer your questions, help you stay on course, and make the best of your UW experience.

If you have questions about our undergraduate program, please contact our advisor, Jim Stauffer. Current UW–Madison students can schedule a meeting through Starfish.

If you would like to schedule a tour of the Department, please fill out the form below.

Contact Our Advisor

If you have any questions regarding our undergraduate program, please contact our advisor, Jim Stauffer.

Current UW students can schedule a meeting through Starfish.

Our undergraduate advising staff will:

  • assist you in developing an academic plan for graduation
  • clarify degree and major requirements
  • help you interpret your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System)
  • provide information on educational resources such as internship opportunities, honors, distinction in the major, study abroad opportunities, financial aid, learning communities, etc.
  • evaluate your progress toward established collegiate and career goals
  • assist you in finding campus resources such as Career Services, the Writing Center, University Health Services, The Multicultural Student Center, etc.
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Declared Theatre and Drama Majors

Theatre and Drama majors are encouraged to meet with their advisor in person at least once a semester to review progress toward your degree, to avoid unnecessary coursework, and to prevent delays in graduation.

Our advising staff encourages students to reflect on their academic experiences, personal goals, life lessons, and passions in order to design a path to their future. We can help Theatre and Drama majors:

  • define career goals
  • find information and gain insight into the entertainment industry
  • learn what a professional in the business actually does in a typical day
  • find out what your next best steps might be regarding a job-search

Undecided UW–Madison Students

If you are pondering the possibility of becoming a Theatre and Drama major or even wonder if double majoring might be an option, please contact our undergraduate advisor.


Non-majors who wish to extend their familiarity with theatre in theory and/or practice are encouraged to enroll in department courses. We’ve hosted students from law, business, medicine, art, dance, journalism, social work, and many other disciplines who wish to develop effective communication skills, enhance problem solving abilities, and cultivate visual acumen. Many of our courses can satisfy the humanities breadth and/or ethnic studies requirements for graduation. Theatre 120 – Introduction to Theatre and Dramatic Literature, taken for four credits, will satisfy the L&S Com B requirement. Theatre 357 – Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness will satisfy the ethnic studies requirement.

High School Students

Prospective undergraduate freshmen who wish to declare Theatre and Drama as their major must first be admitted to the University of Wisconsin. For information regarding freshman admission requirements, application materials, and deadlines, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

Our department does not require an audition or portfolio for entry into the major at this time. If you would like to speak to a representative about our department’s offerings and degree requirements, or even to tour our facilities, please contact our undergraduate advisor.

Transfer Students

If you are transferring from another college or university, please visit this website for application and deadlines, requirements, financial aid, etc. Our department does not require an audition or portfolio for entry into the major at this time.

To schedule a tour or to request more information, please enter the information below.

Department of Theatre and Drama Tours and Requests for Information

To schedule a tour of the Department of Theatre and Drama and to receive information regarding our programs, please fill out the information below and a staff member will be in touch to confirm the tour day/time and provide information.

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