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BA Theatre

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Curriculum and Production

The BA in Theatre degree program is designed for students Photo Credit: Afton Welchwhose professional career goals require the study of more than one area of theatre, or who want a program with more flexibility than the B.F.A. This includes students who wish to pursue careers in playwriting or directing, stage management, or arts administration.

Students interested in playwriting and directing can combine study in theatre with courses in literature and playwriting, history, art and music, among others. Directors will take the basic directing course in the sophomore year and may then apply to do a one-act or one act of a longer play as juniors. They may then apply to direct a full-length play in the senior year. Playwrights are encouraged to work with the Creative Writing program in the English Department. Scripts may be submitted to the department for workshop consideration and inclusion in the theatre festival occurring in the upcoming 2013 spring semester.

If you are interested in stage management or arts administration, you can combine study in theatre with courses in business, organizational communication, management, marketing and public relations. Stage managers begin by working as assistant stage managers during the freshman or sophomore years and are able to assume full management responsibilities by the sophomore year. Arts administration students acquire practical experience in box office management and public relations by working as assistants to the Audience Services Director.

Stage Managers in the Department of Theatre and Dance may approach their professional training through one of two possible degree paths: the B.A. degree in Theatre, which allows more freedom to combine courses in theatre with courses in business, psychology, and personnel management, or the B.F.A. degree in Design/Technology which stresses the technical elements in management.

Photo Credit: Afton Welch While B.A. students are not required to do a senior internship, many do. Depending on the nature of their degree plan, students receiving the B.A. degree are prepared to enter graduate theatre programs leading to M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D. degrees, or to begin working in the profession.

A sample 4 year schedule can be found here

Talent Awards are given to BA Theatre students based on the interview process.  These awards are in addition to any other scholarships or awards given by the University.

To Apply

In addition to applying to the university for general admission, all students interested in applying for the B.A. degree in Theatre must schedule an interview with the BA Committee to be considered for admission into the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Be prepared to present a portfolio demonstrating your work in theatre in publicity, stage management, playwriting, directing, lighting, props—whatever you've done. A theatre resume, a photo, and two letters of recommendation—one of which must be from a theatre teacher—are required at the interview.

The first step is to apply for admission to Otterbein University. Once you have applied for admission, you may arrange for an interview. Do not wait to be accepted by the University!

Interviews for the B.A. degree will be held on campus in December, February and March. Interviews will also be held at the Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in February. To arrange for an interview, contact Matt Wolfe, or call us at 614-823-1657. We will respond to your request with a written confirmation of your appointment and more detailed information about the interview. Admission to the program is by invitation only and the number of available places is limited.

Transfer Students

The Department of Theatre and Dance accepts transfer students in two degree programs: the BA in Theatre, and the BFA in Design/Technology. Requirements vary by degree program. It is possible to complete a BA degree in two years at Otterbein if the student has done two or more years elsewhere.

Potential transfer students should consult Elizabeth Doyle, Admission Counselor for the Arts, in the Admission Office before applying.

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/ Department of Theatre and Dance

Department Office
M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1657

Box Office
M-F: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1109
e/ boxoffice@otterbein.edu

For general questions about admission and financial aid:
Elizabeth Doyle
Admission Counselor
p/ 614.823.1500
e/ edoyle@otterbein.edu

For questions about BFA Acting and Musical Theatre auditions:
Harriet Hill, Audition Coordinator
p/ 614.823.1210
e/ hhill@otterbein.edu

For questions about BA, Design/Tech, and Dance admission:
Matt Wolfe, Administrative Assistant
p/ 614.823.1657
e/ mtwolfe@otterbein.edu

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