The Department of Theatre and is committed to the artistic and academic success of its students. The department offers two majors in theatre leading to either the Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts, as well as a minor in theatre. The study of theatre enhances communication skills, creative and critical thinking, cultural awareness and broadens a students knowledge of literature and history. Our comprehensive degree programs are designed for the student seeking careers as professional actors, designers, and for the student seeking advanced degrees.

Theatrical training at Jacksonville instills a wide range of skills on and off the stage. Theatre students gain significant social and interpersonal skills that are valuable to the whole community. The four year B.F.A. degree in Theatre provides pre-professional training in a program of intense theatrical study with a choice of an acting or technical concentration which prepares the student for a career as a performer, backstage production or for continued graduate studies. All B.F.A. majors must complete the advanced Level IV studio classes before graduation.

The BA degree program is a comprehensive degree program designed to prepare students majoring in theatre for advanced studies in theatre, related fields and for students seeking professional work in theatre.

Facilities & Resources

Swisher Theatre is a 475-seat proscenium house and is the primary venue for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Studio 19 is a small black box space and is used for acting classes, student-directed productions, and more experimental productions.



A number of Jacksonville University graduates enjoy successful careers in the entertainment industry. Among them are: Jay Thomas, an award-winning actor who starred on network television in Murphy Brown and in the hit movie Mr. Holland's Opus; Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993 and Lifetime Network television personality; Shawnae Jebbia, recent Miss USA and an ESPN television personality; Milt Skelton, a Second City TV alumnus and owner/operator of a Chicago community theatre; Bruce Helford, executive producer of hit TV shows including Roseanne and The Drew Carey Show; Troy Spurlin, a Los Angeles-based stage and television actor; and Devlin Mann, an independent film producer who appears on Suddenly Susan.

Contact Us

Jacksonville University 2800 University Blvd North
Jacksonville, FL 32211

(904) 256-8000