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The Certificate in Theatre may be completed by any University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduate student who is not a declared Theatre major. This certificate program offers students the ability to develop knowledge and skills in an area of theatre discipline.

Theatre is a collaborative art form with many varied disciplines and talents working together to create a unified piece of art. We’ve created this certificate to be flexible enough for a student to pursue an individualized focus of study in an area of their interest. For example, a student may wish to pursue an acting focus, a technical theatre focus, a costuming focus, a scenic design focus, or a stage management focus. Or, a student may wish to meet with the theatre advisor to create a custom focus that supplements and bolsters their primary degree path.

All current UW-Madison undergraduates are eligible to complete the certificate, with the exception of students completing the Theatre & Drama major.

To declare the certificate, students must meet with the theatre and drama department advisor to discuss focus paths and to complete the theatre certificate declaration form. Contact Jim Stauffer at jbstauffer@wisc.edu, 608-263-2329 (main office), 6004 Vilas Communications Hall, 821 University Ave. Madison, WI 53706.

The certificate in theatre requires a minimum of 16 credits, with at least 8 credits taken in residence. Completion of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in certificate coursework.

Choose two Foundational courses: 6
THEATRE/​ENGL  120
Introduction to Theatre and Dramatic Literature
THEATRE 130
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
THEATRE 140
Voice 1: Effective Communication
THEATRE 150
Acting I: Introduction to Acting
THEATRE 160
Technical Theatre Fundamentals
Choose one Intermediate course:3
THEATRE 219
Undergraduate Topics inTheatre and Drama
THEATRE 234
Collaborative Problem Solving
THEATRE 240
Intermediate Voice Training
THEATRE 250
Fundamentals of Acting
THEATRE 260
Producing Theatre
THEATRE 263
Fundamentals of Costumes Technology
THEATRE 266
Fundamentals of Stage Lighting Technology
THEATRE 270
Fundamentals of Stagecraft
Choose two Focus-Specific courses: 6
THEATRE 327
History of Costume for the Stage
THEATRE 329
Introduction to African-American Performance
THEATRE 342
Fundamentals of Movement for the Stage
THEATRE 350
Acting Realism
THEATRE 351
Fundamentals of Asian Stage Discipline
THEATRE 352
Auditioning for Stage and Screen
THEATRE 357
Introduction to Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness
THEATRE/​CURRIC/​SLAVIC  362
Drama for Teaching and Learning
THEATRE 363
Principles and Practice of Stage Costume Design
THEATRE 364
Makeup for the Theatre
THEATRE 365
Sewing for the Theatre
THEATRE/​ART  366
Stage Lighting I
THEATRE 367
Script Analysis
THEATRE 368
Fundamentals of Directing
THEATRE 370
Drafting for the Theatre
THEATRE 371
Sound for Theatre
THEATRE/​ART  372
Set Design I
THEATRE 379
Introduction to Stage Management
THEATRE 431
History of Theatres and Staging
THEATRE 440
Musical Performance for the Actor
THEATRE 450
Acting Styles
THEATRE/​CURRIC  462
Theatre for Young Audiences: Production
THEATRE 466
Stage Lighting Design II
THEATRE 472
Scenic Painting
THEATRE 500
The Business of the Business
THEATRE 501
The Business of Acting
THEATRE/​CURRIC  525
Theatre in Education
THEATRE 526
The Theatres of China and Japan
THEATRE 541
Acting Shakespeare
THEATRE 561
Backstage Laboratory III
THEATRE 563
Costume Design II
THEATRE/​ART  572
Set Design II
THEATRE 579
Advanced Concepts in Stage Management
THEATRE 597
Internship in Theatre
THEATRE 619
Special Topics in Theatre and Drama
THEATRE 631
Theories of Acting
Choose one Hands-On/Practicum course: 11-3
THEATRE 360
Performance in Practice
THEATRE 361
Backstage Laboratory II

Certificate Completion Requirement

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Demonstrate basic proficiency in one or more areas of theatre study.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of basic theatre concepts and methodology.

Information about faculty, staff, and other contributors to the Department of Theatre and Drama can be found on the department's website.