Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

Undergraduate Students

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What I truly found was how much there is to theatre, from reading an impressively diverse amount of playscripts, to working to create successful shows both backstage and onstage. —Shanel Crawford, BA 2022

How to Apply

Freshman Undergraduate Admissions
Transfer Student Admissions
Creative Computational Media (CCM) Certificate Program

Theatre Majors

Program Learning Outcomes

Course Requirements

We’re glad that you’re interested in becoming a Theatre Major! In addition to all University of Hawai‘i requirements, the Department of Theatre and Dance requires 42 credit hours for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.

In these 42 hours, students will take the following courses:

  • THEA 240
  • THEA 311
  • THEA 312
  • THEA 411
  • THEA 412
  • Two (2) courses in Asian theatre (one in theory, history, or literature and one in performance),
  • One (1) course each in acting, voice and movement, directing, design, and youth theatre, and
  • Six (6) credits of theatre practicum (THEA 200 and 400 alpha).

Other Important Notes
Every declared theatre major is required to meet with an adviser every semester. Current advisor is Maile Speetjens (maile.speetjens@hawaii.edu).

Prior to graduation, all theatre students must submit a portfolio of student work eight weeks into the student’s final semester. A mandatory mentoring system is in place to guide each student through their coursework and their portfolio presentation.

Finally, all students are required to participate in an exit interview.

Declaring Your Major

You can declare your major after you’ve applied to the University and are an official student.

  1. Download, fill out and print the Declaration of Major Form.
  2. Take it to the Theatre & Dance Department undergraduate advisor Maile Speetjens (maile.speetjens@hawaii.edu) for their signature.
  3. Send the signed form to advisewd@hawaii.edu

See the following websites for more information:
Freshman Undergraduate Admissions
Transfer Student Admissions

Theatre Minors

Course Requirements

The Minor in Theatre requires completion of 15 credit hours and participation in two (2) departmental productions.

Theatre minors should consult with the undergraduate adviser. For more specific criteria, see the Theatre Minor Checklist.