Baldwin City Campus

Through a wide range of productions — Shakespeare to children’s shows — you will thrive, learning from faculty with professional experience in the fields they teach, maybe even securing a major role as a freshman. By graduation, you will have an opportunity to design, manage and direct productions.

Real-Life Experience

Complementing classwork and theatre productions, internships can help you choose a career. Baker students have interned in all the major theatres in the Kansas City area: The American Heartland Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and New Theatre Restaurant.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Our students are regularly recognized for their acting and technical theatre skills at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. At festival, students attend workshops and productions. Last year a freshman won a spot in the prestigious Irene Ryan acting competition.

Career Preparation

Students receive training and practical experience acting, directing, technical theatre and design. They also prepare for careers in theatre education, creative dramatics, children’s theatre and experimental and alternative theatre forms.

Students interested in secondary education work closely with theatre and education faculty to obtain licensure. Classroom experience is an emphasis of the program.

Our alumni work in management for Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy, the award-winning Joe Belasco Makeup in Orlando, and Harvest Productions — one of the largest providers of concert and event lighting and sound in the country — as well as lighting design in venues from Kansas City to Las Vegas. Actors are working in theatres in Kansas City and summer stock from Iowa to California.

Major & Minor

The Department of Music and Theatre offers a major and minor in theatre. Students interested in the study of theatre may also look into studio art, communication, secondary speech and theatre education, and music.

Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.