The art of theatre serves as a mirror in which we can examine and reflect on what it means to be human. As a reflection of humanity, it touches on all aspects of life and helps us gain insight into all fields of study. By participating in theatre, you will grow in empathy, communication, collaboration, creativity, and self-confidence.

Why a degree in Theatre from Missouri Valley?

At Missouri Valley College, you will find yourself at home in an intimate environment that puts the focus on you as a developing artist. You will be challenged to exceed your expectations in the classroom, the studio, and on the stage. Our supportive faculty will be at your side to mentor you along the way as you find and develop your artistic voice. You can choose to participate in our Theatre Ensemble as either a performer, or in a variety of backstage positions such as sound, costumes, lighting, and scenery. Or, you might choose to perform with the MVC Flatliners Improv Troupe and present shows and workshops throughout the region. You can also participate on the marketing and management side. Regardless of your area of interest, we have opportunities waiting for you.

Eckilson-Mabee Theatre

The Eckilson-Mabee Theatre is a 250 seat proscenium theatre with a sprung floor and is equipped with a computerized lighting system controlled by an ETC Element board, a powerful digital projection system, sound reinforcement system with in-house mixing, and Q-Lab control.  The theatre also features dressing rooms, a green room, and fully equipped scene shop and costume shops. It is most often used for mainstage theatrical and musical productions, dance performances, and music concerts.

Morris Experimental Theatre (The MET)

The Morris Experimental Theatre is a flexible black box theatre that allows for multiple configurations. It features a computerized lighting system and a portable sound amplification system. It serves as the home of The MVC Flatliners, our resident improv troupe, and is used to develop experimental works.

You will also have opportunities to work in the Morris Dance Studio, the Graphic design lab, and audio and digital video production studios.

Career Possibilities

  • Participation in theatre will give you an advantage in a wide variety of careers. In addition to a wide range of opportunities in the performing arts, a strong background in theatre is advantageous in business and management, advertising, film, television, event planning, education, social media, and more.

Graduate Program Possibilities

  • MA in Theatre
  • MFA in Theatre


  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Theatre Education

See the academic catalog for specific course requirements and descriptions.

Admissions & Scholarships

  • Generous scholarships are available, and you don’t have to major in Theatre to qualify. For more information, please contact Reese Fraley at or 660-831-4031.


Harold Hynick
Professor of Theatre
Gary Heisserer
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning