Theatre and Electronic Media Performance—BA

Acting is not just for stage and film. Emerging technologies create more opportunities to perform. Michigan Tech’s program integrates traditional theatre studies with electronic media performance. Our graduates are well-rounded performers qualified to work in theatre, film, video, digital arts, video-game voice-over—wherever their careers take them.

Do an audio play. Join a mainstage production, or a media project. At Michigan Tech, you start performing from Day One.

First-year practicum is only the start. Theatre and electronic media performance (TEMP) majors hone performance skills in stage productions, radio dramas, and television sitcoms. They work on TV and radio commercials, as video-game characters, and in other voice acting projects.

Actors typically earn half of their living outside the theatre—a diverse skill set means more job prospects.

  • Develop your talents and refine technique through high-tech training at state-of-the-art performance venues including Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the black box McArdle Theatre.
  • Log significant time onstage and in the studio—more than what is required by many comparable programs.
  • Limited enrollment means more time with professors, professors, advisors, and equipment.
  • Learn and create in our department's computer lab, equipped with the latest entertainment-dedicated programs.

What kinds of projects will I do in school?

The creativity never stops.

  • Perform in live theatre productions including contemporary dramas and comedies, classical plays, children’s theatre, and musicals.
  • Play a role in media projects: documentary and training films, radio dramas, radio and television commercials, and student film projects.

How does Michigan Tech help me start my career?

  • Your professional portfolio: You start your portfolio your first semester, and continue to develop it during your time on campus. You'll move forward on your career path with a solid, cohesive, professional presentation of who you are, what you want to do, and what you have to offer.
  • One-on-one academic guidance: You and your advisor talk in-depth at least once each semester to discuss your program, progress, and what you need to do to stay on track to graduate. The meetings also shape your production experiences at Michigan Tech.
  • Career advice: You and your advisor discuss career options and post-graduation goals. Your advisor assists you in finding internships—skills you can apply to job searches when you graduate.
  • Connections: You regularly network at professional conferences to meet industry professionals—upperclassmen present their work. Opportunities to apprentice or intern at local radio and TV stations also increase your employability.

What will I do after graduation?

Our program promotes entrepreneurship—the potential is boundless. We teach students to discover new avenues of employment. Our graduate work in theatre, film, video, digital arts, video-game voice-over, audio-book narration, theme-park entertainment, and mass media, including radio and TV.