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Welcome From the Department Chair

Our program of over 100 BA/BFA majors is large enough to challenge you, but no student is a number at UM.

Our program of over 100 BA/BFA majors is large enough to challenge you, but no student is a number at UM.

You will be mentored by full-time faculty members with extensive professional experience, but committed to teaching as their first priority.

Noted film actor Val Kilmer once defined his craft as, “setting impossible goals and then trying to achieve them.” At UM, students are encouraged to pursue the “impossible” and continually challenge themselves to grow artistically and personally during their time in our program.

Please explore the information on this site in detail, which will give you a sense of the classes, productions guest artist workshops and on and off-campus experiences that await you as a UM theatre major.  We offer the B.A. and B.S. degree, which allows you to explore all areas of theatre as well as electives in another discipline, but also the more concentrated pre-professional B.F.A. degree tracks with emphasis in Musical Theatre, Acting, Directing, Costume Design and Lighting/Scenic Design.

Our production seasons are designed to expose you to a wide range of styles, including classics and 2 musicals every year. We are also committed to staging challenging plays by the best contemporary authors and have continually produced an “Alabama premiere” of a play or musical in recent seasons!  Our students enjoy an active guest artist program (typically 4-6 per year) and musical theatre students can participate in an invited 3-day workshop with industry professionals in NYC through the Amy Murphy Studio.

We think it’s a combination that can’t be beat and encourage you to see a production (tickets are free for prospective students), visit campus or sit in on a theatre class to see what makes us special.  Please e-mail me at with any questions.

We hope to see you at our campus auditions in February for scholarships and the Musical Theatre program, and check this site for audition details, applications and numerous other updates on the program including alumni activities around the U.S.

Best Regards,

David Callaghan, MFA, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre and Chair
(205) 665-6210