Curriculum and Production
Designed to prepare students as "triple threats", this unique interdisciplinary B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, jointly sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music, offers a four-year sequence of courses in acting, voice, music and dance. Musical Theatre majors take acting courses with the Acting majors, including diction and dialects, styles such as Shakespeare and Chekhov, but add courses in music theory, piano, musical theatre, private voice study, and extensive training in jazz, tap, modern, ballet and musical theatre dance. Coursework is augmented with a wide variety of public performances. Musical Theatre majors audition for all mainstage productions, not just musicals. Additional performance opportunities exist in directing workshops and various vocal ensembles. Students are expected to participate each term in music ensembles and mainstage theatre productions, and all students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards to complete the B.F.A. program.
The senior year is highlighted by a ten-week internship with a professional casting director in New York City. Students function as readers for professional auditions, meet agents, directors and producers, and begin the process of networking with people in the profession. Musical Theatre majors are eligible to participate in the Senior Showcase, produced in New York City for agents and casting directors in March.
BFA Musical Theatre with a Concentration in Dance
The interdisciplinary B.F.A. in Musical Theatre with a Concentration in Dance offers students the chance to train as "triple threats", by increasing their dance skills while studying acting, voice, music and theatre.
Dance classes are structured to allow students to dance every day. Every technique is offered at four different levels, so that students can be placed appropriately. Two choreography classes are offered and all dance students are encouraged to choreograph pieces for dance workshops and the annual Dance Concert, one of the mainstage productions. All dance classes are taught by specialists in each technique, many of whom operate their own studios or teach at Ballet Met, the professional ballet company in Columbus.
All students interested in applying for the B.F.A. degree in Musical Theatre or in Musical Theatre with a dance concentration must submit a pre-screening audition video prior to applying to the University. Admission to the program is by formal audition and invitation only. The number of available places is limited to four men and four women in Musical Theatre and Musical Theatre/Dance combined. For more information about application for the BFA Musical Theatre degree click here.