Please Note: This major is no longer available to new students after December 10, 2022. To explore options please contact Patricia Helsel.
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.
Backstage A Midsummer Night's Dream
Tech Theatre presented A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Rozsa Center on April 12, 13, and 14 in 2019. Watch our backstage Facebook tour interviewing actors, technicians, volunteers, and staff that helped bring this play to life.
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.
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.
- 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 visual and performing arts 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 art.
- understand and apply complex tropes and methods of expression.
- approach important questions pertaining to works of art in a focused and methodical way.
Graduates will apply a diverse set of artistic techniques in creating works of art. They will:
- understand the foundational elements and principles of design and structure in varied artistic media.
- demonstrate foundational applied skills and techniques in their given field.
- present the body of their technical and performance work in an organized and artistic manner.
- demonstrate the ability to modify their work after external and self-evaluation.
Graduates will apply knowledge of the context and evolution of diverse artistic media in creating works of art. They will:
- understand the history and evolution of works of art in their major and minor concentration areas.
- demonstrate a familiarity with benchmark works in the artistic canon of their major and minor concentration areas.
- independently evaluate and understand a work in its artistic, cultural and historical context.
- research, interpret, and apply historical artistic forms and tropes to their own artistic practice.
Graduates will apply scientific and technological principles to support work in their major concentration area. They will:
- understand the scientific foundations relevant to their major concentration area.
- apply principles of the scientific method as a tool in solving artistic challenges.
- demonstrate a working knowledge of current technology that supports work in their major concentration area.
- demonstrate a technical flexibility to accommodate the use of new and emerging technologies.
Graduates will engage the arts and entertainment industry with relevant professional skills. They will:
- familiarize themselves with the diverse industries served by a major degree in Theatre and Electronic Media Performance.
- understand basic structures and organization in the entertainment industry.
- demonstrate professional skills in industry-specific areas of study.
- converse and write using the diverse modes of 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 field.