International Theatre Production
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.
INTERNATIONAL AND MORE
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 30-40 guest artists, directors, designers, playwrights and choreographers to campus to work with out students on productions and in the intimate setting of a master class. The associate lighting designer from Hamilton lit our recent production of Pirates of Penzance.
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
Become a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and attend conferences where you can make contact with employers and companies from all over the United States. Participate in workshops including ZFX for experience in performer flying and The Fall Protection workshop presented by Chicago Flyhouse.
NICOLE GIANGOLA BFA WITH A MAJOR IN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION ’16
International theatre production is a great major because it is uniquely structured for whatever a student might need and want to pursue. It generates professionals who are driven, hardworking and easily adaptable to any situation.
Nicole Giangola majored in international theatre production because she was interested in stage management. At ONU, her professors encouraged her to “explore everything, always be curious and ask questions, and try new experiences.” She participated in many on-campus theatre workshops with guest artists and traveled to Cuba on a research trip. She recently was the wardrobe head on the national tour of “Sound of Music.”
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- 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.
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
- Scenic Design
- Production Practicums earned during our eight show season.
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Scenic designer
- Costume designer
- Event planner
- Exhibit artist
- Fine arts manager
- Lighting technician
- Production manager
- Property designer
- Lighting designer
- Props manager
- Scenic artist
- Stage director
- Special effects specialist
- Stage manager
- Technical director
- Theatre manager
- Wardrobe supervisor
- Sound editor
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; 42nd Street; Dirty Dancing; and Broadway’s Bandstand.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts 125
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810