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Theatre Majors on Stage at Detroit Mercy

Get ready to step into your imagination with a major in theatre from University of Detroit Mercy!

Our Performing Arts Department provides individualized training in small class sizes, competitive scholarships and four productions annually that immerse you in all aspects of the magic and hard work of theatre production.  Through our producing arm, The Theatre Company, you will  have a unique opportunity as a young actor to develop your skills onstage while working alongside professional performers. This has a proven track record for developing young talent at a faster rate. Our graduates frequently mention this as being one of the distinctive benefits of attending Detroit Mercy's theatre program.

As a theatre major, you will also gain more skills relevant to today's marketplace than you can possibly imagine including self-discipline, the ability to work as a team, leadership, commitment to deadlines, quick thinking and more.

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Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • The Theatre Company offers a competitive talent scholarship program for performers and stage managers of up to $22,000 per year. Students audition and interview for the program on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols campus in Detroit.
  • Small class sizes enhance the learning experience and help develop strong relationships.
  • The Performing Arts Department sponsors at least four major productions per season and provides opportunities for student performances in other special projects.
  • Detroit Mercy students can participate in The Theatre Company to gain direct experience in all aspects of theatre management and performing. The Theatre Company has been a respected member of the Detroit-area theatre community since 1972. The Theatre Company combines the work of seasoned professionals with young talent.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a well-rounded education. Our alumni excel at everything from performing to becoming leaders and visionaries of their own theatre companies.

Your Boundless Future

Graduates enjoy a wide-variety of careers with a theatre major, including actor, agent, casting director, costume designer, director, movie editor,  producer, set designer, stage manager, and playwright, to name a few. The skills developed in Theatre also complement other professions such as law, business management and sales.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for these professions.

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Contact Info

Melinda Pacha, M.F.A.
Department Chair, Performing Arts
313-993-3268
pachamj@udmercy.edu

Featured Alumna

Jaime Moyer

Jaime Moyer
Actor

“The Theater Program at University of Detroit Mercy was an amazing and unique place for me to cut my teeth on all things theater. Much of the success I've found in Los Angeles was possible because of my training at the University. Seasoned actors were my teachers, and their practical and diverse knowledge was essential to my growth as a performer. I cherish my memories of my time at University of Detroit Mercy.”

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