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Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts

Let your star shine with confidence

You love theatre — the complexities of a new script, the feedback of the audience, the camaraderie of the cast and crew — and you want to make that passion your life’s work while making a difference in your world. Our Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts will give you the skills, tools and opportunities you need to turn your love of theatre into a lifelong career. Fontbonne’s program is dedicated to developing teaching artists, designers, stage managers, certified educators, actors and directors — working professionals who can impact their communities through theatre.

Our recently redeveloped program prepares you to be an employable and satisfied artist of the future. We understand what jobs are available in the market, and we’ve developed curriculum and training that will help you successfully fill those roles. You’ll work with Fontbonne’s experienced performing arts faculty, as well as Mustard Seed Theatre, an award-winning professional company-in-residence on Fontbonne’s campus. From day one, you’ll learn from experienced professionals who work — and get paid! — in your field of interest.

Program Highlights

As a theater artist, you have the opportunity to entertain in ways that improve the world and enlighten others. Your major has meaning. Our program focuses on ways theatre can help the community.

  • Many major theatre companies in the nation have education departments that employ full-time teaching artists, providing stability and fullfillment. Continue to do theatre — and work in the field that you love!
  • We encourage our students to be Artivists: activists using art for positive social change. We have courses that focus on collaboratively creating theatre with a variety of communities.
  • You will be prepared to make theatre where you are, with what you have, instead of waiting for permission to create. Our program ensures you have the necessary knowledge and skills to live your art.
  • Work with Mustard Seed Theatre, the professional theatre company in-residence at Fontbonne. You can be part of this well respected company while still an undergrad.
  • You have the option to become a certified teacher and earn secondary teaching certification in speech and theatre.
  • You could be eligible for a performing arts talent scholarship.
  • You’ll receive early and varied professional experience in your area of emphasis.
  • Fontbonne University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) while preparing for the AAQEP Quality Assurance Review in spring 2023. AAQEP is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE) by agreement and in support of quality assurance, continuous improvement, and innovation in educator preparation.

Mustard Seed Theatre

Mustard Seed Theatre, a professional theatre company headed by Artistic Director and Fontbonne Professor Deanna Jent, began producing plays in the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre in the fall of 2007.

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Theatre student reading a script.

In-Field Learning Experiences

Theatre majors worked professionally with award-winning ensembles and productions and education students incorporate their professional experience in their classrooms.

Recent Student Projects

The Every 28 Hour Plays

Students managed, directed and performed alongside national artists in “The Every 28 Hour Plays,” a theatre movement started in St. Louis in response to unrest in Ferguson and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Tunnel of Oppression

This all-campus interactive event was created by theatre students to shine light on varied types of oppression.

Bosnian-American Project

An ongoing partnership with the Bosnian American community of St. Louis, Mustard Seed Theatre and Fontbonne University that includes an original production and education outreach.

2018-2019 Productions

  • “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” – Oct. 10 – 28, 2018
  • “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” – Nov. 15 – Dec. 16, 2018
  • “Edges – a Song Cycle” – Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2019
  • “Well” – March 1-17, 2019
  • “The Real Inspector Hound” – April 11-14, 2019
  • “Death Tax” – May 9 – 19, 2019


Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts

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6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105


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