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.
"Within my first year and a half at Michigan Tech, I was able to complete my Acting Practicums. Each practicum was worth 1 credit, which means I had already acted in 3 productions with the Tech Theatre. It’s been an incredible learning experience, for the fact that I was able to immerse myself in the program right away."
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.
Graduates will employ methods of creative analysis to understand how the disciplines of design, technical, and management in theatre and entertainment are used as meaningful expressions of the human experience. They will:
- gain foundational analytical skills to be able to recognize and interpret quality works of design and technical theatre and entertainment.
- understand and apply complex methods of expression.
- approach important questions pertaining to performance works of theatre and entertainment in a focused and methodical way.
Graduates will apply a diverse set of artistic and practical techniques in creating works of art in theatre and entertainment design, technical, and/or management. They will:
- understand the foundational elements and principles of design in structure through various artistic forms relevant to their chosen disciplines.
- demonstrate foundational skills and techniques within design, technology, and management.
- present the body of their technical and performance work in an organized and artistic manner.
- demonstrate the ability to modify their work after self-evaluation and external review.
Graduates will apply knowledge of the context and evolution of diverse artistic media in creating works in theatre and entertainment design, technology, and management. They will:
- understand the history and evolution of theatre and entertainment design, technology, and management.
- demonstrate a familiarity with major artistic works throughout history.
- independently evaluate and understand a performance work in its artistic, cultural and historical context.
- research, interpret, and apply historical artistic theatrical or entertainment forms and methodologies to their own artistic practice.
Graduates will apply scientific and technological principles to support work in their chosen emphasis areas. They will:
- understand the scientific foundations relevant to theatre and entertainment design, technology, and/or management.
- apply principles of the scientific method as a tool in solving artistic and technical challenges in theatre and entertainment.
- demonstrate a working knowledge of current technology that supports work in their chosen emphasis areas.
- demonstrate a technical flexibility to accommodate the use of new and emerging technologies related to theatre and entertainment.
Graduates will engage the theatre and entertainment industry with relevant professional skills. They will:
- familiarize themselves with the diverse theatre and entertainment industries.
- understand basic structures and organization in the entertainment industry.
- demonstrate professional skills in their theatre and entertainment industry-specific areas of study.
- converse and write using the diverse modes of theatre and entertainment industry standard communication.
- join important industry-related organizations and participate in meetings of those organizations.
- evaluate their work within the context of the work of peers and professionals in their chosen emphasis areas in the field.