Degree type(s): Minor
Degree field(s): Humanities; Arts
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Theater Minor Program

The Theater Minor lays the foundation for a strong acting technique. It is intended for students whose purpose is to enter the theatrical profession, but also for students who are interested in deepening their awareness of their bodies and voices for the sake of other career pursuits.

The Minor does not presuppose any prior theatrical background – students build a solid technique that accommodates all levels of experience. The courses include elements of Linklater voice training, Grotowski movement training, the Viewpoints, and Clowning, and we explore a variety of texts – both classical and contemporary – as we deepen our understanding of our acting instruments.

Students have the opportunity to participate in productions of musicals and both contemporary and classical plays. Students who complete the Theater Minor program will have an increased awareness and appreciation of their physical and emotional selves, a multi-faceted acting technique that can be applied to both contemporary and classical theater, and an understanding of the tools and skills necessary for a professional theatre artist.



THR 105 - Acting Technique I
THR 210 - Dramatic Interpretations I
THR 215 - Acting the Song: An Actor's Approach to Musical Theater
THR 305 - Acting Technique II
THR 320 - Shakespeare
THR 410 - Dramatic Interpretations II

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Chair: Daniel Bielinski, MFA

Daniel Bielinski is an actor, writer, and producer with an MFA in Acting from Columbia University in NYC. He has acted in TV, feature films, and off-Broadway Theater in NY. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity. View his work at:

For more information, please contact Daniel Bielinski at: [email protected]