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BFA Musical Theatre

Curriculum and Production

Designed to prepare students as "triple threats" for the Broadway musical theatre, 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, 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 9-week internship with a professional casting director in New York City or Los Angeles. 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 may also audition to participate in the Senior Showcase, produced in New York City for agents and casting directors in April.

To view a sample four year schedule click here.

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" for the Broadway musical theatre, by increasing their dance skills while studying acting, voice, music and theatre.

Dance classes are structured to allow students to dance every day, in a sequence which offers two days of ballet, one day of modern, one day of jazz, and one day of tap or musical theatre dance each week. 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.

To view a sample four year schedule click here.

To Apply

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.

Alumni Stories


Jeremy Bobb '02
Harrison in TX:Three Plays, Off- Broadway

Rachael Harris '93
Susan Heffley in Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Linda in THE HANGOVER

Josephine Rose Roberts '04
Regina in Rock of Ages, Broadway

/ 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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