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.
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.
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.
Theatre majors worked professionally with award-winning ensembles and productions and education students incorporate their professional experience in their classrooms.
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.
This all-campus interactive event was created by theatre students to shine light on varied types of oppression.
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.