About Us

The best-kept secret in the Greater Kansas City area

UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. For decades, our department has trained and developed some of the finest artisans in the industry today. From its humble beginnings in 1964 as an offshoot of the Speech department, UMKC Theatre has grown and expanded into a well-respected, world-renowned faculty that includes working theatre professionals and famed theatre artists teaching as visiting professors.

The Theatre department trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers, technicians and dramaturgic professionals for careers in the performing arts. It also produces numerous plays each season. Dynamic co-productions with local professional theatres provide a sense of the real world for students and enriching experiences for Kansas City theatre lovers. In fact, UMKC Theatre has been called Kansas City’s best-kept secret.

Graduates from the UMKC Theatre program are invited to the most prestigious showcases and auditions in New York City and Los Angeles to exhibit their exemplary work, and they have the opportunity to secure positions with national and international companies. Our program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association.

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Kansas City, Mo., nestled in America’s heartland and boasting over 200 gorgeous fountains only rivaled in number by Rome, is the epitome of a city in the country. The Greater Kansas City area spans the state lines of Missouri and Kansas, interspersed with rolling hills, open spaces, and the Missouri and Kansas rivers. People are friendly, costs are reasonable, theatre thrives, and arts flourish. Come for a visit, tour the campus, stay the week, or spend a few years with us and be a part of something extraordinary—UMKC Theatre!