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Theatre Department

The B.A. in Theatre (Business) will prepare you for work in the front office of nonprofit arts organizations such as theaters, museums, galleries, and music performance groups of all types. You will receive training in both theatre and business so that you’ll be equipped to make sound decisions in both areas. Your education will also enable you to effectively communicate with the artists with whom you will work, and the business-oriented supporters of arts organizations.

The degree requires you to do extensive work in theatre so that you will have a “hands-on” understanding of an artist’s life and work. You will also receive a thorough background in business, giving you the tools to make the sound financial decisions which enable and support the work of the arts organization.
Preparation in the arts and business will come together in specific training for arts management, including a required internship with a local arts organization. Through arts management, you can develop your artistic ability to a high level, but also have the practical training of a solid business background.



Theatre (Business)

Financial Accounting

3 credits

Computer Applications*

3 credits

Business Law I: The Legal Foundation for Business

3 credits

Economics of Social Issues

3 credits

Principals of Management

3 credits

Applied Math for Management

3 credits

Marketing Principals

3 credits

Applied Statistics for Management I

3 credits

Choose 2 of the following:

  1. Introduction to E-Commerce (3)
  2. Small Business Development (3)
  3. Business Law II: The Legal Environment for Business (3)
  4. Advertising (3)
  5. Personal Selling (3)

6 credits

Arts Management

3 credits

Internship and Monthly Seminar 4 credits

Choose 1 of the following:


  1. Topics in Non-Western Art (3)
  2. Studies in Ethnic Music (2)

2-3 credits

Introduction to Theatre 3 credits
Production Practicum 3 credits
Introduction to Technical Theatre and Design 3 credits
Survey of Dramatic Literature and Criticism 3 credits
Stage Management 3 credits
History of Theatre I 3 credits
History of Theatre II 3 credits
Theatre Capstone Project 3 credits
Theatre Capstone Seminar (Writing Enriched) 3 credits
Elective Credits in Theatre 6 credits
*All students must pass the department-administered computer Competency Exam prior to enrolling in Computer Applications  




To apply for admission to Messiah College, simply call and request an application at 1-800-233-4220 or apply online! Open House dates and major-specific events are scheduled throughout the year. Students may arrange for a variety of visit options to suit their interests and schedule.