Why Earn Your Theatre Degree at Saint Leo University?
Theatre brings stories to life, activating scenes otherwise left to our imaginations. In Saint Leo’s Theatre degree program, you’ll learn about all aspects of theatre, from playwriting to stage performance to technical production.
The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre provides students with solid training in performance, technical theatre, and history, literature and creation. Alongside the artistic training, students also participate in outside projects that give them experience with the transferable skills of theatre, making them flexible and resilient in the job market. Students work in each semester of their time at Saint Leo on campus productions and events.
Undergraduate Theatre Program Details
Dare to become an extraordinary thinker, writer and artist. Explore the cultural contexts of drama, and learn to adapt stories for both the stage and mass media, whether as a playwright, dramaturge, artistic or executive director, stage manager, designer, critic, performer or administrator.
Wow audiences in campus productions. Perform in musical revues and community concerts with University Concert Band, Drama Ministry and Voices of Christ. Host a show on WLSL (Saint Leo) Radio.
Learn Your Way:
Online, On Campus, or Near You
What are the on-campus facilities like?
Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them.
What are the benefits of earning your theatre degree online?
Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.
Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.
Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA
Are education centers near you offering theatre degree programs?
You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.
No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.
How will you gain real experience?
Past productions include Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1984, Fool for Love and Dirty Deeds at the Depot. We also host on-campus readings of new plays currently in development, and annually produce a season of Happy Fun Radio Hour, a radio play collection written, produced and performed by Saint Leo Theatre students.
Host a show or work behind-the-scenes for SLU Radio. Become an active member of the Alpha Alpha Alpha chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Contribute to Sandhill Review literary magazine and The Lions' Pride student newspaper.
Share your writing in the Saint Leo University Writer’s Circle, a support group of local writers and enthusiasts. Perform a play with a Tampa-area theatre company.
Attend writing and English Honor Society conferences.
Guest lecturers meet luminaries such as U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, poet and fiction-writer Valada Flewellyn and filmmaker Ralph Clemente.
What are the top theatre degree jobs?
- Artistic Administration
- Writing for Stage and Media
- Performance for Stage and Media
- Talent Scouting
- Stage Management
- Public Relations & Marketing
- Journalistic Criticism
Where are Saint Leo theatre graduates now?
- American TESOL Institute
- AUA Language Center, Thailand
- Florida Legal Group
- Lancaster University, England
- Newcastle University, England
- Pasco County Schools
- Scholastic Books
- Trinity College, Ireland
- U.S. Army
- University of South Florida
- University of Wisconsin
- Wesley Chapel High School
College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University offers students a broad education that lays a durable foundation for critical and independent thinking. The essential spirit of the liberal arts is a cornerstone of the varied degree programs. From biology to English to sociology, students enjoy a nice selection of in-demand degree programs for all interests.
Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Students travel to Europe through our cultural immersion courses, research unique plant species while trekking through the Peruvian Amazon, and attend film screenings and poetry readings. With highly experienced professors who bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the classroom, students are prepared to work in a variety of rewarding fields. The College supports more than 30 degree programs across University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.
"What if, two years ago, I could have seen my future? What if that opportunity allowed a peek at who I'd become after completing Saint Leo's Creative Writing MA Program? What would I tell myself? Well, self—indubitably, you made the right choice! The tools in your writer’s toolbox were obtained from a team of well-versed faculty, like-minded peers, several residency programs, assignments, and academic reviews. Creative Writing MA graduate, you made the right choice."
Violetta Deloatch-Woods (Fiction, 2023)
"Pursuing my MA at Saint Leo was the scariest decision I ever made; it also turned out to be one of the best. I have grown exponentially within this community of honest and talented writers, and I couldn’t have asked for better peers."
Derora Williams (Poetry, 2023)
"Saint Leo's Creative Writing MA program genuinely changed my life for the better. I learned so much about myself as a reader, writer, and human being with every assignment, and I was constantly challenged to grow outside of my comfort zone. My professors and peers were always there to celebrate achievements and overcome obstacles, making the program feel like my second family. I wouldn't be the person I am today without Saint Leo."
Emmett Ferree (Poetry, 2023)
"Saint Leo's Creative Writing MA program helped me immensely as a reader and a writer. Learning to read not only what is in a story, but paying careful attention to how it's written, is just one of the memorable gifts I received from this program's helpful faculty and encouraging environment."
Janna Correa, (Fiction, 2022)
This program allows growth as a writer and as a person. The experience was absurdly personal. Absurd because of the organic evolution fostered by its leadership and absurd because of the personal touches from the instructors. Why expect that? St. Leo is invested in its students. You get more than you bargained for.
Jimmy Sutman, (Poetry, 2022)
It can be intimidating to go back to school after decades of being in the workforce. But as a non-traditional student, I felt nothing but a warm welcome from Saint Leo faculty and my classmates. I started my first semester at another university and wasn't happy. I transferred to Saint Leo and learned more than I could have ever imagined in this program. Best decision I ever made. Thanks to my studies there, I'm getting ready to release my first book at the end of this year!
Lisa Moody, (Nonfiction, 2021)
Saint Leo University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.