Musical Theatre - B.F.A.
At Kent State University you train for a life in the arts. You will engage daily with your craft through our professionally-modeled production season and join a network of nationally and internationally recognized alumni artists, designers, technicians, and educators.
"The professors at Kent State taught me how to free myself and to attack everything I do with my whole heart and soul. I cracked my shell open in the four years of training I had at the School of Theatre and Dance."
– Jon Gluckner (BFA, Musical Theatre '13)
Embark on a Life of Performance
For those aspiring to a career in Musical Theatre, Kent State offers a program designed to train talented young people in an intensive interdisciplinary study of music, theatre, and dance. Kent State's Musical Theatre program trains performers to feel comfortable with today's diverse musical forms and demands.
In addition students are required to participate in co-curricular productions prepared for the public. Musical theatre students will be evaluated at the end of their freshman, sophomore, and junior years to help them review past accomplishments and set future goals.
Kent State's Musical Theatre B.F.A. program has alumni in New York, Chicago, and California, as well as some who are furthering their training in M.F.A. programs throughout the United States. We at Kent State firmly believe that our Musical Theatre program offers solid intellectual training for the dedicated future theatre artist. We also work hard to further the growth of our program and students.
The faculty of this program is comprised of members from each specific performance discipline. Working together, they train students within the structures of each individual art form while they facilitate the student's understanding of each specific art's unique interdependency within the Musical Theatre format.
Musical Theatre Auditions
Individuals interested in enrolling in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program at Kent State must participate in an audition.
Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries
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The Musical Theatre program allows students to embark on a life of performance in the areas of acting, music, and dance. Alumni of Kent State University's Musical Theatre program have worked in local, regional, national, and international performance venues including Broadway, London's West End, and in film and television. Graduates of the Musical Theatre program also go on to careers as directors, composers, choreographers and educators.
Terri Kent, Musical Theatre Coordinator
The BFA Musical Theatre Program is coordinated under the leadership of Terri Kent, Professor and Producing Artistic Director of Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s professional summer venue. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, the Society and Choreographers union. Directing credits include: Big River, Brigadoon, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Oliver and Oklahoma (Porthouse Theatre); Cabaret and Children of Eden (Halle Theatre); Bye Bye Birdie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, and Damn Yankees (Cain Park); and Godspell, Side show, Chicago, The Fantasticks, and Guys and Dolls (Kent State University). Terri Kent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org