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International Theatre Production

A LOT HAPPENS BEHIND THE SCENES IN LIVE THEATRE. WITHOUT SCENERY, LIGHTING, PROPS, COSTUMES AND MORE – THERE’S NO MAGIC ON STAGE. WITH A BFA IN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION, YOU’LL GET BEHIND THE MAGIC.

GET BEHIND THE MAGIC

Our unique program focuses on theatrical design, production and stage management – in the U.S. and internationally. You’ll graduate with a solid knowledge of the cultural and practical differences in theatre production, which will prepare you for a wide range of careers in theatre, opera and touring productions.

We may be small, but our opportunities are big. In fact, our theatre program rivals what you’d find at a conservatory. Our international theatre production students stage dozens of campus and community productions. They interact with renowned designers, directors, playwrights and choreographers from the U.S. and countries like Scotland, Estonia, Ireland, Mexico and England. They travel each year to the United States Institute of Theatre Technology conference so our students can make contacts with employers and companies from all over the United States. They land incredible internships with theatre companies, and they study abroad.

Here, you’ll be part of a family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our distinguished professors will bring out the best in you from the moment you arrive on campus until you graduate. They will become personally invested in your success.

On campus, you’ll study and work in top-notch facilities with the latest equipment. The Freed Center for the Performing Arts includes a 550-seat proscenium theatre, a 132-seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, scenic and costume shops, smart classrooms, and a computer lab. 

Let’s be real; international theatre production is a competitive field. It won’t be easy to carve out a career. But at ONU, we give you intensive support, and we open doors. As countless graduates of our program will testify, we’ll take you where you want to go.

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

A well-rounded education includes travel, new experiences, and stretching your comfort zone. We partner with the University of Salford in Manchester, England, and the Rakvare Theatre Company in Estonia for international travel and theatre opportunities. Students have also studied in Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and Ireland. We help students land internships at theatre companies in major cities. The opportunities are here – you just need to grab them.

MASTERS IN THE HOUSE

Learn from the best in the industry! Imagine getting advice from a costume designer who’s worked for Lady Gaga and Michelle Pfeiffer. Or learning the complexities behind performer flying from a leading expert. Every year, we bring acclaimed directors, playwrights, choreographers, scenic and lighting designers, conductors, and more to campus to work with students in the intimate setting of a master class. 



Saori Yokoo

THINK SUCCESS

SAORI YOKOO BFA WITH A MAJOR IN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION ’13

“Because of my ONU experiences, I wasn’t afraid to jump into the real world. I love the people in our business. I love the fact that theatre can move people and teach them something.”

Saori Yokoo came to ONU because of the abundant opportunities to practice her craft. Sure enough, she had the chance to be the production stage manager for many shows at the Freed Center. “It was a lot of work and pressure, but because ONU gave me this experience, I wasn’t afraid to jump into the real world,” she says. After graduating, she toured the U.S. as a stage manager for Bring It On: The Musical and was a stage manager for Oliver in New York City. She alsoworked with Disney Theatrical’s Aladdin in Tokyo, Japan. Today, she’s the company manager and assistant stage manager for the national tour of 42nd Street. “I love the people in our business. I love the fact that theatre can move people and teach them something,” she says. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top 200 program for creative students.
  • In recent years, graduates in the theatre department have gotten jobs with national and international touring shows, become freelance designers, received positions at regional theatres, and continued their education at graduate schools such as the Yale School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Delaware and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 
  • In 2016 there was 100 percent job placement for  International Theatre Production graduating seniors. 

COURSES

You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a BFA in international theatre production. It is quite possible to minor or double major to explore your other interests.

Possible Courses include:

  • Advance Stagecraft
  • Technical Direction
  • Stage Management
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Scenery Design
  • Make-up

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Set designer 
  • Costume designer 
  • Event planner 
  • Exhibit artist 
  • Fine arts manager 
  • Lighting technician 
  • Production assistant 
  • Property designer 
  • Lighting designer 
  • Props designer 
  • Rigger 
  • Scenic artist 
  • Stage director 
  • Special effects specialist 
  • Stage manager 
  • Stylist 
  • Technical director 
  • Theatre manager 
  • Wardrobe supervisor 
  • Sound editor 

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent graduates have ended up: national tour of Bring It On; Glimmerglass Festival; Houston Grand Opera; Playhouse on the Square; Alley Theatre; Weathervane Playhouse; Goodman Theatre in Chicago; Walt Disney Company; Santa Fe Opera. 

Department Of Theatre Arts

Lin Fletcher

419-772-2049
l-fletcher@onu.edu
Freed Center for The Performing Arts 125
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed