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Welcome to Drake University Theatre Arts Department!

The mission of the Department of Theatre Arts is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success as theatre artists and working professionals. To that end, the curriculum fosters understanding and appreciation for all aspects of theatre utilizing collaborative and experiential learning methods. Students apply knowledge and demonstrate skills acquired in the classroom in the creation of theatrical productions throughout the academic year.

This mission isn’t simply a statement, it’s a philosophy and a guiding principle of the way we teach the art and craft of theatre at Drake.

The Department offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in:

In addition, the Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre as well as academic Minors in Directing, Theatre, Design & Technology, and Musical Theatre.

To learn more about our program and what we offer, please be sure to check out our main website for specific admission requirements.


We encourage prospective students to attend one of our IN-PERSON audition/portfolio review/interview days if at all possible. 


November 17, 2023 - Register HERE

February 2, 2024 - Register HERE
Harmon Fine Arts Center
Drake University, Des Moines, IA


February 5–7, 2024
National Unified Theatre Auditions - Chicago, IL

Palmer House - Sandburg 5 (located on 7th floor): Click here to select an audition/interview time (recommended)

If you are unable to attend an in-person audition, you may upload your audition materials here on GetAcceptd in lieu of the in person audition. If you believe the application fee will present a financial barrier to you, please contact theatre@drake.edu.

Please be sure to apply for admission to Drake University, as we can not consider you for acceptance in our B.F.A. programs without acceptance to the university first. 

For guideline and requirement questions please contact theatre@drake.edu or 515-271-2018.

Good luck in your search and we hope to hear from you soon! 
The deadline to submit your materials for consideration is February 9, 2024.

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.