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Otterbein University Department of Theatre & Dance

BFA Musical Theatre

Designed to prepare students as "triple threats", our interdisciplinary BFA in Musical Theatre degree program offers a four-year sequence of courses in acting, voice, music and dance. Musical Theatre majors take courses in music theory, keyboard, musical theatre, private voice study, and extensive training in jazz, tap, modern, ballet and musical theatre dance. They also take courses with the BFA Acting majors, including diction and dialects, movement (Alexander and Feldenkrais), voice for stage (Fitzmaurice), scenework, acting for TV/film and styles including Shakespeare.

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 in music ensembles and mainstage theatre productions.  All students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards to complete the BFA 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.

Lindsay Nicole Chambers, BFA Musical Theatre
Lindsay Nicole Chambers Lauren, National Tour of Kinky Boots Class of ‘02
Lindsay Nicole Chambers '02 has been cast in the role of Lauren for the National Tour of Kinky Boots. Credits: Broadway - Lysistrata Jones (Robin), Hairspray (u/s Penny, Female Authority), Legally Blonde (u/s Enid, Serena, Kate/Chutney). National Tour - Kinky Boots (Lauren), Hairspray (u/s Penny, Female Authority), Elf (Jovie). NYC Theatre - Sex Tips for Straight Women From A Gay Man (Robyn), Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!, Tiassic Parq (Velociraptor of Science).

BFA Musical Theatre with a Concentration in Dance

The interdisciplinary BFA in Musical Theatre with a Concentration in Dance offers students the chance to increase their dance skills while studying acting, voice, music and theatre.

Dance classes are structured to allow students to dance every day.  Students are placed among four levels of jazz, tap, modern, ballet, or musical theatre dance, in order to ensure appropriate teaching, growth & success. All dance classes are taught by specialists of each technique.

Two choreography classes are offered and all dance students are encouraged to choreograph pieces for dance workshops as well as the annual dance concert, one of the mainstage productions. 

Cory Michael Smith '09
Corey Michael Smith Edward Nygma, Fox's Gotham Class of ‘09

Cast in Fox's new TV series Gotham based on the DC Comics characters, Cory plays Edward Nygma / The Riddler, a brilliant young forensic scientist working at Gotham PD with a penchant for speaking in, um, cryptic language.