Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Arts

“Gallaudet is the best university for deaf actors.”

Read more about theatre arts alumnus Joey Caverly, ’11, who gained national recognition for his role in the off-Broadway hit “Tribes.”

Gain International Credentials

Study with national and international artists and scholars in the world’s most prominent center for deaf and visual performing arts.

In one of the nation’s few theatre arts programs that focuses on both American Sign Language and English, you will master acting, directing, interpretation, design and construction skills that will prepare you for a career in professional theater.

All students participate in at least one internship, taking advantage of our connections with Washington, D.C.’s lively theater scene and theaters throughout the world. One company is in residence right on campus, offering special opportunities to our students. Or expand your career options with courses and internships in educational drama for children, or by gaining performance experience with the Gallaudet Dance Company.

In addition to professional training, you will gain a broad-based education that will empower you to create positive change as a dynamic leader, powerful communicator and creative thinker.

See list of all Gallaudet majors.

Keep reading to learn more about the theatre arts program and career outcomes.


An international hub for deaf and visual performing arts.
Communication research with national impact.
World-renowned visual artists.

Learn more about the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre.

Courses and Degree Requirements
Develop Your Craft

Washington, D.C., is home to more than 80 theatrical companies, and Gallaudet connects you to them for training, performance and internship opportunities. Theatre arts majors are required to complete at least one internship. Students have interned with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Imagination Stage and the Capital Fringe Festival. One company, Faction of Fools, is in residence right on campus.

Career Outcomes

Within one year of graduation, 89 percent of Gallaudet’s recent art, communication and theatre arts majors are employed or in graduate school. Learn more about alumni of the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre.

Training and Job Outlook

Many actors and most dancers enhance their skills through formal training, and a bachelor’s degree is required for most producers and directors. Employment of actors and producers is projected to grow 3 to 4 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment of dancers is projected to grow 13 percent, about as fast as average.

Learn more about career opportunities in this field.