The URI Theatre program provides a conservatory experience in a pre-professional liberal arts setting. Our distinguished faculty, guest artists and staff place an equal emphasis on the theoretical and practical understanding of theatre.

Artistically vibrant, relevant and rooted in collaboration, our unique production program enriches all students and serves the educational and cultural needs of the university and the greater community.

80-100Students Majoring in Theatre
25-30Guest Artists
15-20Average Class Size

Program Highlights

  • Approved B.F.A. curriculum with intensive specialization in one or two of four disciplines: Acting, Directing, Stage/Theatre Management, and Design/Technology
  • Low student to faculty ratio, with specialized classes in small, seminar-like settings
  • No audition required to become a Theatre major
  • Undergraduate-only program, so no competition from graduate students
  • Specialize in multiple areas of theatre, double major, or minor; and still finish in four years
  • Opportunities for paid employment within the department while pursuing your degree
  • Professional, diverse, rotating faculty with guest artists from Boston and NYC

The URI Theatre Production Season

  • Four main stage productions
  • One student-directed full-length production

Current Season

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts, with specializations in:

  • Acting
  • Design and Theatre Technology
  • Directing
  • Stage/Theatre Management

Minor in Vocal Performance, with the Music Department
Dual-Major: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Elementary Education


  • 500-seat proscenium opening theatre
  • 250-seat blackbox theatre and rehearsal space
  • Blackbox acting, music, and dance rehearsal space
  • Costume shop
  • Scene shop

Be a part of what we do

Clothing, Furniture and Prop Donations

URI Theatre welcomes donations of clean, slightly used clothing, unusual or period furniture and various small items for use as props or set pieces in our productions. To donate clothing please contact Costume Shop Manager, Alison Carrier, 401-874-2715, alisoncarrier@uri.edu and for furniture or properties donations, please contact Jake Hegnauer, Technical Director, 401-874-2719, jaketec2@hotmail.com.