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Kean University

What You Learn

You benefit from a comprehensive liberal arts education while also receiving practical training that will prepare you to launch your career.

  • Perform, direct and manage theatrical productions in the classroom and on stage
  • Design scenery, lighting, costumes, and sound to establish the world of the play
  • Work with Kean’s Equity theatre company in residence, Premiere Stages
  • Experience the best professional performances in the world, a short train ride away in New York City.
  • Explore the literature and historical traditions of the art of theatre, while expanding research and analytical skills
  • Develop the ability to think critically and creatively while working collaboratively and meeting deadlines
  • Hone communication and presentational skills both on stage and behind the scenes

You can also minor in dance and a get a solid foundation in modern, jazz and ballet techniques and theory.


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Program Options:

B.A. in Theatre

BFA in Theatre Performance

BFA in Theatre Design and Technology

After my time at UCVTS, and attending Kean during my senior year, I decided to continue my undergraduate education here, studying theatre. I'm so glad that I stayed here, as the staff, education, and overall atmosphere of Kean are truly wonderful!"

Melody Stubbs
BFA Performance Major
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Student and Alumni Work

Flash, Float, Fall

Flash, Float, Fall, a play by Kean alumna Emily Conklin '15, was a 2017 Jersey Fringe Festival selection.

Theatre alumna Emily Conklin
Flash, Float, Fall

Students Perform with Patti Lupone

Kean students recently performed with two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner Patti LuPone.

Students Perform with Patti Lupone

Students Grow Through Mentorships

The Equity Through Design mentorship introduces Kean students to theatre.

Lecturer David M. Barber
Students Grow Through Mentorships

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

Study Abroad

Theatre majors can study abroad in London and see performances at Shakespeare's renowned Globe Theatre or on the West End stage.

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Study Abroad

Premiere Stages

Hone your craft by performing with Kean's in-house Equity theatre company, Premiere Stages.

A scene from the Premiere Stages production of "Las Cruces"
Premiere Stages

Master Classes

Kean offers master classes with world-renowned artists, like Broadway's Billy Porter. Learn from the best.

Broadway star Billy Porter
Master Classes

Kean Theatre Conservatory provided me with countless opportunities to strengthen my craft as an educator, performer, administrator, and above all, artist. Through advanced networking and training with industry professionals, the Conservatory provided me with all of the tools necessary to become a well-rounded and versatile individual. It is because of this training that I will be able to confidently teach the next generation of artists."

Melissa Calicchio
Theatre Educator
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Kean graduates have the potential for a diverse array of exciting careers on stage, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Theatrical training is an excellent foundation for careers in traditional theatre, as well as other platforms such as television, film, live events and promotions. Jobs include:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Playwright or screenwriter
  • Choreographer
  • Stage manager
  • Scenic designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Costume designer or coordinator
  • Educator
  • Arts reporter or public relations
  • Prop Director
  • Scenic Artist
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Production Designer (TV/Film)
  • Art or Set Director (TV/Film)


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Kean is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Founded in 1965, NAST is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 184 accredited institutional members.

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