BRING THE MAGIC
ONU’s musical theatre program is designed to give you the tools to become creative, well-rounded artists. We may be small, but our opportunities are big. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre is designed to provide pre-professional training within a liberal arts education. The program is enhanced by the integration of nationally recognized guest artists, which affords our students a variety of approaches to the work and opportunities to develop networks within the profession.
Here, you won’t be just another talented student trying to stand out from the rest. 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.
Curriculum and performance opportunities are designed to prepare students for careers in musical theatre and advanced training at the graduate level. And you’ll love our facilities. 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, a computer lab,
An artist’s journey is specific and unique. There is no magic formula to become a triple threat. However, our students leave Ohio Northern University with rich experiences and skills that will aid their journey as artists and compassionate global citizens. 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.
AUDITION REQUIRED: All new students (freshman and transfer) who want to major in music theatre and be eligible for talent scholarships must audition.
MASTERS IN THE HOUSE
Learn from the best. Imagine taking a master acting class with the director of a Broadway musical. Or having a famous NYC cabaret songwriter critique your vocal performance. As a musical theatre student, 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 artists like Faith Prince, Tony and Drama Desk Award-winner of 13 Broadway musicals and plays; Andrew Lippa, composer and lyricist for The Wild Party; Victoria Clark, Tony Award winning actress for Light in the Piazza; Gavin Creel, Tony Award winning actor for Hello, Dolly!; Jennifer Werner, the associate director and choreographer for The Book of Mormon; James Gray, director/choreographer for national tours of The Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein; John Bucchino, Broadway and Off-Broadway composer; and Phil Reno, Broadway conductor and arranger.
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 Estonia Theatre Company for international travel and performance opportunities. We help students land internships at theatre companies in major cities. 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.
TREVOR DORNER, BFA ’15, WITH A MAJOR IN MUSICAL THEATRE
I get to travel around the country, share the stage with incredible people and impact people in the audience in ways I may never know. I owe everything to my ONU professors who supported me and gave me the tools and training I needed to become not only a successful actor, but also a successful person.
Trevor Dorner – a dynamic performer and pianist – found success in the theatre world shortly after graduating from ONU. He majored in musical theatre because he loves to bring joy to an audience. “Theatre is one of the few mediums that can span culture, language and age gaps,” he explains. At ONU, he honed his piano skills though intense study and by accompanying voice students. He also performed in several top-notch productions and even served as assistant music director for a production. Today, he has a lead role in the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet, playing rock ’n’ roll piano player Jerry Lee Lewis. Next on his schedule is a starring role in Billboard Onboard, a bar-style dueling-piano show onboard a Holland America cruise ship.
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.
You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a degree in musical theater. Here are some of the courses you’ll take as a musical theatre major:
- Movement for the actor
- Business of theatre
- Musical theatre audition techniques
- Acting styles for musical theatre
- Musical theatre history and literature
- Musical theatre dance styles 1 and 2
In addition to their strong core of liberal arts courses, our students take private voice lessons, acting classes and dance classes as well as a wealth of supporting classes in more specific performance areas. They become proficient in each of these areas (voice, dance and acting), so they are confident in their abilities and technically able to compete with the huge population of performers seeking employment in the professional world.
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Artistic director
- Production assistant
- Drama instructor
Check out where some of our recent graduates have ended up: national tour of Bring it On; national tour of 42nd Street; 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