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You love everything about theatre — performing, playwriting, directing, designing, casting and promoting. You're destined to create, develop and produce new work, but don't want to be limited to one option.

Point Park University's B.F.A. in theatre arts is one of the most innovative (and practical) programs in the country. It's perfect for artists/entrepreneurs like you who are passionate about exploring multiple paths to a successful theatre career. 

Three Program Paths

In addition to a rigorous core curriculum, students in the 125-credit program choose one of three program paths:

  • Directing concentration
  • Playwriting concentration
  • Self-directed studies concentration

Exceptional academic counseling also allows you to pursue a double major, minors or study abroad. You may — with summer coursework — complete the degree in three years. 

The Point Park Difference

Prepare Artists for the Theatre of Tomorrow

The B.F.A. in theatre arts prepares artists for the theatre of tomorrow. It equips students with the skills to develop and produce art with an emphasis on creating new work, and collaborating with their peers in directing, playwriting and devising. 

Create New Work in Award-Winning Pittsburgh Playhouse

Our nationally-ranked Conservatory, located in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh next to the Cultural District and many theatres, features our award-winning and state-of-the-art Pittsburgh Playhouse. This three-theatre learning and performing arts center provides the space to create and present new work. 

Hands-On Experience Inside and Outside of the Classroom

In collaboration with Bridges Theatre Company — our student-run group, students will learn about all aspects of creating a four show season. Plus, students who study advanced directing are the artistic leaders of our semiannual One Act Festivals

Additionally, our location and stellar reputation offer you casting, assistant directing and other professional and internship opportunities that are unrivaled.

Faculty bring industry experience to the classroom

Point Park faculty bring academic and work experience into the classroom.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Rich Keitel.
Faculty Spotlight
"I love the enthusiasm of Point Park students, and my philosophy is to try to make each student the best artist they can be." 

Course Offerings

  • Acting
  • Voice and Speech
  • Stagecraft
  • Improv
  • Playwriting
  • Stage Movement
  • Theatre History
  • Contemporary Plays and Playwrights
  • Devised Performance
  • Shakespeare: Page to Stage
  • Performance Studies
  • Ensemble Lab
  • Stage Makeup
  • Production
  • Directing
  • Text Analysis
  • Professional Seminar