FEED YOUR PASSION
Our theatre program offers you a dynamic and diverse introduction to the theatrical arts. The Bachelor of Arts in theatre offers you the tools you will need to become a specialized theatre artist, and the flexibility to tailor your degree to your own interests. Areas of possible focus include: acting/directing, technical theatre, arts administration, and dramatic literature/dramaturgy.
We may be small, but our opportunities are big. In fact, our theatre program rivals what you’d find at a conservatory. Our theatre majors are involved in dozens of campus productions. They interact with nationally recognized actors, directors, choreographers and other artists who host master classes and residencies on campus each year. They land incredible internships with theatre companies. They study abroad and go on national auditions.
Here you will belong to a close-knit, supportive family of theatre artists, where we are dedicated to fueling your passions. You’ll enjoy one-on-one mentoring, 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.
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.
Let’s be real; theatre is a competitive field. It won’t be easy to carve out a career. But at ONU, we give you incredible support and we open doors. As countless graduates of our program will testify, we’ll take you where you want to go.
MASTERS IN THE HOUSE
Learn from the best. Imagine taking a master acting class with the director of a Broadway musical. Or getting advice from a costume designer who’s worked for Lady Gaga and Michelle Pfeiffer. Or learning the complexities behind stage flight from a leading expert. As a theatre major, you’re required to take symposium every semester. Our symposiums are lectures, workshops and talks – 15 to 20 each semester – with highly acclaimed national and international artist like Jennifer Werner, the associate director and choreographer for The Book of Mormon; Happy Anderson, NYC film and television actor; and Dean Gabourie, former Associate Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
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 England’s second-largest city (Manchester) and the The Estonian/Rakvare Theatre Company for international travel and performance opportunities. We help students land internships at theatre companies in major cities. Our students perform in local communities, restaurants and schools. We take our graduating students to places like New York City and Chicago to perform for casting directors and agents. The opportunities are here – you just need to grab them.
DREW KNIGGA BA WITH A DEGREE IN THEATRE ’12
Theatre will push you to discover yourself, others and the world around you. It’s unlike any other career in the world because it forces you to be a student of life. It will take you as far as you are willing to go, but you have to want it.
Drew Knigga became a theatre major after he took a theatre course his freshman year and fell in love with the hands-on learning. At ONU, he played football for two years and was active in the Black Student Union and Theta Alpha Phi, a theatre honorary society. He also revamped the improv troupe on campus, The Fearless Shenanygans, and turned it into a recognized campus group. Today, Drew lives in Los Angeles, where he recently completed a two-year acting program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has an agent and manager and is auditioning for parts. He has already produced, directed and acted in a two-man show and is working on another project.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top 200 program for creative students.
- Our graduates currently work regionally and on national and international tours. They appear in national and regional commercials, work for Disney, and even perform as series regulars on major network television shows. Many of our graduates have continued their educations at graduate schools such as the Yale School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Delaware and the University of North Carolina. In addition to performing, our graduates are producers, attorneys and college professors.
The Bachelor of Arts in theatre major is 39 credit hours (plus general education requirements). It is quite possible to double major or to add a minor to pursue your other interests.
Possible courses include:
- Introduction to Acting
- Acting 2: Scene Study
- Voice and Speech
- Play Analysis
- World Theatre History
- Stage Management
- Lighting and Sound Design
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Stage Manager
- Company Manager
- Artistic Director
- Arts Administrator
- Drama Instructor
Check out where some of 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.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts 125
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
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