About The Program
As a theatre major at NSU, you’ll work toward a liberal arts degree with emphasis on performance and studio activity.
Northern theatre offers opportunities to be involved in several productions each year. You can take part in campus productions and gain experience in acting, directing, stage management, lighting, makeup, stagecraft and musical theatre.
Students graduating with a B.A. in theatre must register for THEA 491 Senior Show.
We’re happy to offer career planning assistance so you can make informed and satisfying decisions related to your career and educational goals.
Possible careers include acting, community theater manager/director, directing, design, education, film, graduate studies, sound and light technician, stagehand, stage management, theater management, television, and work in the theme park industry.
For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.
Internships are not required for this program.
“I found Northern from a random search for fine arts colleges; it was for a high school English paper. After looking at the requirements for the art education and musical theatre degrees, I decided to apply and visit. The programs seemed enjoyable, the staff was wonderful, the art studio was beautiful, and there were several performance opportunities for students. What struck me the most about Northern was their support for my double major - other colleges I visited were not so fond of the idea. Northern wants me to be involved in anything and everything I want to be involved in, and for that reason I decided to call this place my home. As a freshman last year, I was prepared to have less stage time than upperclassmen theatre students. However, the theatre faculty at Northern gave me so many opportunities that I don’t think I would have gotten in a different program. I was treated the same as upperclassmen on and off the stage. I also had the opportunity to be the scenic artist for two shows at Northern last year, which was a great experience for me.”—Lydia Jae Saxton, Lake Mills, Iowa #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential #NorthernStateU #WhyNSU
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Ph.D. in Theater Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara
MFA in Theatre Performance, Arizona State University
BA in Theatre Arts, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at NSU in the Fall of 2019. Previously, he served as a professor at Hendrix College, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Puget Sound.
His research interests include acting, directing, performance studies, comic studies, and popular culture. Many of his scholarly publications feature his ethnographic research in cosplayers at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Dr. Anderson is currently working on his book manuscript examining superheroes as iconic performances of Americanism.
Kane is also an accomplished actor and director who has worked on stages across the country.
M.F.A. Minnesota State University-Mankato
B.A. Minot State University
Noah Files, assistant professor of theatre design and tech, previously taught at Wabash College (Indiana), Fresno State University (California), and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His professional credits include the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, New York Stage and Film, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Minot Summer Theatre, and Western Plains Opera Company. He is also a member of USITT and the Guild of Scenic Artists.
B.A., Northern State University
Brian Omland serves as the production manager for the School of Fine Arts. He continues to expand his knowledge and experience in set construction, lighting design, and special effects for the stage. He worked on the Northern productions of Sondheim on Sondheim, Man of La Mancha, Silent Sky, Fun Home, The Brain From Planet X, She Kills Monsters, Lasso of Truth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, God of Carnage, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, among others.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, he previously maintained a private voice studio and taught voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. In recent years, his students have advanced to compete at the national level. In 2009, one of his students was selected to be a finalist with the NFAA YoungArts…