Emporia State University has one of the oldest--founded in 1913--and strongest theatre programs in the country, with well over a thousand graduates. Many are working across the country in professional and academic theatre. Through the years we have had an extraordinary faculty, energetic students, exceptional community support and outstanding facilities. It is a tradition of excellence that continues today. At ESU, students can earn a BFA or BA in theatre, or gain certification to become a secondary teacher in our BSE program in speech and theatre.