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Encompass Expression and Exploration

Black Hills State University Theatre is a small program with big benefits, where the artistic process is as important as the final product. The program provides a student centered learning environment focusing on cultivating the collaborative skills, creativity and professionalism necessary to pursue a career in theatre. Students build a solid foundation from which they are prepared to attend graduate school or enter the job market. 

  • You will be prepared to attend graduate school, accept a specialized internship, or enter the job market.
  • Former students are working as: actors, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights, teachers, arts administrators, marketing directors, event planners and entrepreneurs.
  • A theatre minor or certificate will enhance the employment perspectives of students in a variety of fields, particularly in Education and Business.

BHSU Alumni

Mauili Delaney-Theatre

“Five years ago, I was able to step onto my first Hollywood set with the confidence that I could jump in and effectively handle anything that was thrown at me as a production assistant. Since then I have worked on numerous television series such as: Agents of Shields, Castle, Scandal, The Foster’s, and Shameless. I am currently working as Natalie Portman’s assistant on the film Pale Blue Dot. I am eternally grateful for the invaluable skills I learned in the BHSU Theatre Department which have allowed me to build a successful career in Hollywood.”

Melissa Mason-Theatre/English Education

“My experience as a theatre student at BH allowed me to develop the skills to acquire multiple jobs before I graduated. These included: television production assistant for The Bachelor and the Travel Channel, stage work for concert venues and Event Supervisor for the Legendary Buffalo Chip. Following graduation, I was offered my current position at Thunder Basin High School in Wyoming where I teach Acting, Technical Theatre, Design, and English. I am also the Drama Club Sponsor and Theatre Director.”

Melissa Boring-Theatre

“My time at BHSU broadened my skill-sets in every aspect of theatre, from acting and directing to building, painting, and design. In the world of theatre production, the more you can do, the more valuable you are to a team, and the broader your appreciation for the collaborative nature of the craft. It was through my background in set design and makeup that I worked on a film that was a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and for the Golden Camera at Cannes. This in turn has led me to work on another film with this director/writer, who has since won several other awards and is considered one of the brightest young directors in Hollywood. Building upon the education I received at BHSU, I am about to finish my Masters in Theatre, and have been praised for the knowledge and mastery I already had going into the program.”


**Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.**

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include:
» Acting
» Playwriting
» Directing
» Stage Management
» Set, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Design
» Company Manager
» Dramaturgy/Literary Management
» Theater Education
» Drama Therapy
» Arts Administrator
» ...and many other theatrical fields

Get Involved

Theatre Society

Theatre Society is a BHSU organization which is open to anyone with an interest in the theatre. We also hold open auditions for our productions and are always looking for people with an interest in the theatre. You DO NOT have to be a theater major to be in our shows! We will find a job for anyone who is willing to work. We also offer backstage work for those who don’t want to be on stage!


Props and Liners is the oldest student organization at BHSU. Beginning in 1921, this organization is a Theatre Honorary Fraternity. Students must meet set upon requirements within the department before being invited to join the group.


We currently offer internships for the BHSU Summer Stage Program. Students are also encouraged to look outside the department for internship opportunities. We offer assistance and support whenever possible.

Casey Hibbert sits on a stool on a stage



“I have been working continuously in theatre and film since graduating in 2009. I’ve been fortunate to appear in national commercials, national voice overs and many student films. I perform in approximately five stage productions a year and am co-owner of Delirio del-‘Arte a circus performing arts company. I was lucky to be a part of a theatre program that prepared me for everything about the theatre world.”

Contact Info

Phone: 605.642.6268

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799