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Theatre

THEATRE IS A POWERFUL AND COLLABORATIVE ART FORM THAT TRANSFORMS PARTICIPANTS AND AUDIENCES ALIKE. MAJORING IN THEATRE AT ONU CONNECTS YOU WITH THAT POWER AND WITH EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITIES TO SOAR, ON STAGE AND OFF.
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GET READY TO SOAR

Flexible curriculum – Receive a solid foundation in theatrical arts with the flexibility to pursue an area of interest, such as acting, directing/dramaturgy or technical theatre/stage management. Enhance your marketability with a double major or minor in arts administration or dance.

Best of two worlds – Experience conservatory-style training with the big opportunities you’d find at a large university, but in a small and supportive campus environment.

Quality productions – Take advantage of a large production season and plentiful casting opportunities starting your freshman year. Our facilities are top-notch. 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.

Personalized attention – Be mentored by distinguished professors who are personally invested in your success. The theatre world is competitive, but they open doors and help you achieve your dreams.

 

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Curriculum

Major
Minor
Preprofessional Program
Concentration
Pathway

OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

GUEST ARTISTS

Our vibrant guest-artist program brings the world of professional theatre to Ada, Ohio. Take a master class with a Broadway director. Get advice from a costume designer who’s worked with Lady Gaga and Michelle Pfeiffer. Learn Shakespeare from a director of the famed Stratford Festival.

STUDENT-PRODUCED WORKS

Nurture your creativity by participating in a student improve troupe – the Fearless Shenanygans – or by directing and producing your own work. We provide support and inspiration for one-of-a-kind opportunities.

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Broaden your horizons with international travel and performances. We partner with the University of Salford in Manchester, England, and the Estonian/Rekvare Theatre Company for study-abroad options, and our International Play Festival produces new works from artists around the globe.



ERICA GABEL

THINK SUCCESS

ALUMNA ERICA GABEL, BA ’17, LITERARY/DRAMATURGY INTERN AT WRITERS THEATRE IN GLENCOE, ILL.

I majored in theatre at ONU because I wanted to study acting, but I didn’t want to be limited to only acting. as a theatre arts major at onu, I was able to explore various routes. I learned about the scene shop and electric shop, worked with costumes, and took theatre-history courses. ONU gives its theatre students a wide range of skills and opportunities that make them marketable and help them find the right career path after graduation.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Ranked a top 200 program for creative students in Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers. 
  • Graduates have continued their theatre training at top graduate programs, including the Yale School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon and the University of North Carolina
  • Many graduates work in the entertainment industry, including regional, national and international tours, television commercials, major network shows, and Disney.
  • Other graduates have gone on to successful careers in law, education, arts administration and business.

COURSES

The BA in theatre requires 39 credit hours plus general education requirements. Many students choose to double major (public relations, communication studies, music, psychology, computer science, etc.) or minor in dance or arts administration.

Course offerings in:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Playwriting
  • Technical theatre/design /stage management
  • Arts administration
  • Dramatic literature
  • Theatre history
  • Dance/movement /voice

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Dramaturg
  • Stage Manager
  • Director
  • Company Manager
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Drama Instructor

Scholarships are available. Auditions are not required for the BA in theatre program; however, you must audition if you would like to apply for a scholarship or talent award.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Here’s where our recent theatre graduates have ended up: national tour of Bring It On; national tour of 42nd Street; national tour of Fancy Nancy; Houston Grand Opera; recurring role on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”; Alley Theatre; JCPenney’s national advertising campaign; The Goodman Theatre in Chicago; Walt Disney Company.

Department of Theatre Arts

Brenda Hoyt-Brackman

419-772-2049
b-hoyt@onu.edu
Freed Center for the Performing Arts 125
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday:
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday:
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday:
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday:
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday:
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday:
Closed
Sunday:
Closed