Friends University adds new Music Theatre and Theatre B.A. degrees Fall 2019


The Friends University Fine Arts department is excited to announce two new Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Theatre and Theatre.

“Adding these two degrees was a natural step considering the high level of student interest coupled with the plethora of professional theatres in the region,” said Fine Arts Chair Dr. Joan Griffing. “We’re grateful for the advice of local professionals such as Wayne Bryan of Music Theatre of Wichita as we designed the curriculum. The new degrees will fully prepare students for success in the theatre and music theatre worlds upon graduation. The Music Theater degree program, while intense, will be one of the strongest ‘triple threat’ collegiate programs in the region.”


The Music Theatre program will be unique in that it puts equal emphasis on the practice of dancing, singing and acting, making this a triple threat degree necessary to succeed in today’s world of music theatre performance. The city of Wichita, the home of multiple nationally acclaimed theatres, provides numerous prestigious performing and internship opportunities in addition to on-campus performances.

The music theatre degree will allow a graduate to enter the work force as a practicing performing artist, choreographer, director, producer, chorus master and more. To learn more, visit our website. 


The new Theatre major may sound familiar to some as the addition is more of a “reinstatement” of a previous program. Kurt Priebe, assistant professor of drama and media, will direct the program. Students pursuing a Theatre major will have the unique opportunity to learn from some of the finest creative minds in the region, as well as perform or provide technical support in theatrical productions throughout the academic year.

The new theatre degree will allow a graduate to enter the work force as a professional actor, director, stage manager, theatre critic, producer, technical director and more. To learn more visit our theatre program website.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

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