UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. For 34 years, the theatre department has trained and developed some of the finest theatre artisans working in the industry today. From its humble beginnings in 1964 as an offshoot of the Speech department, UMKC Theatre has grown and expanded to include a well-respected, world-renowned faculty who continue as working theatre professionals as well as other famed theatre artists who act as visiting professors.
UMKC Theatre not only trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers, technicians, and dramaturgs for careers in the performing arts, they also produce numerous plays each season...a valued benefit to Kansas City residents. Dynamic co-productions with local professional theatres provide a sense of the real world for students and even more enriching experiences for Kansas City theatre-lovers. In fact, UMKC Theatre has been called "Kansas City's Best Kept Secret."
Graduates from UMKC Theatre program are invited to the most prestigious New York and LA showcases and auditions to exhibit their exemplary work and have the opportunity of securing positions with national and international companies. Our program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).
Kansas City, nestled in America's heartland, boasting over 200 gorgeous fountains only rivaled in number by Rome, is the epitome of a city in the country. Graced with rolling hills, wide open spaces and gently embraced by the mighty Missouri River; people are friendly, costs are reasonable, theatre thrives, arts flourish. Come for a visit, tour the campus, stay the week or spend a few years with us and be a part of something extraordinary—UMKC Theatre!
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