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Musical Theatre - B.F.A.

Passion. Opportunity. Kent State.


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.

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"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.

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre prepares students for life as working artists in the musical theatre field. Practical training and creative experiences are coupled with an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum and a foundation in theatre history, analysis and criticism.

Students will be able to study and perform in the school’s theatrical and dance productions. Kent State’s Center for the Performing Arts houses three theatres, performance and rehearsal spaces, costume shop and laboratories for costumes, drafting, lighting and scenery. In addition, the School of Theatre and Dance oversees the outdoor venue Porthouse Theatre.

Students in their senior year may participate in the annual New York City Musical Theatre Showcase, which enables students to perform for prospective casting directors, talent managers and theatrical and commercial agents.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Admission to this major is selective. Applicants must pass an audition in each of the three performance areas—dance, singing and acting—to be admitted. Students who pass the audition will be admitted directly into the major in the first semester of their first year at Kent State. In exceptional cases, students may be admitted to the program in the second semester of their first year.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiencies that are equal to entry-level positions in the profession or as expected for admission into the Master of Fine Arts degree as a singer, actor and/or dancer.
  2. Demonstrate and articulate proficiency and understanding in and of music performance and theory, basic dance performance and technique and acting and acting theory/systems.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of how acting and storytelling are the foundation of all three interrelated areas of performance (acting, singing and dance).
  4. Demonstrate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in movement and dance.
  5. Demonstrate and articulate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in the execution of vocal performance, sight-singing, musicianship and music theory.
  6. Demonstrate and articulate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in acting and acting theory/systems.
  7. Perform in workshops and full productions of musical theatre in a variety of formal and informal settings.
  8. Develop substantial and appropriate audition repertoire.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in audition technique.
  10. Demonstrate professional behavior in respect for the craft.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
MUS 17111PIANO CLASS I 1
MUS 17112PIANO CLASS II 1
MUS 36311APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE (taken four times)8
THEA 11100MAKING THEATRE: CULTURE AND PRACTICE 2
THEA 11722FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION I: SCENERY, STAGECRAFT AND SOUND 2
THEA 11723FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY I: SCENERY 1
or THEA 11724 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY II: PROPS AND SCENIC ART
THEA 11732FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION II: COSTUMES, LIGHTING AND PROJECTIONS 2
THEA 11733FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY III: COSTUMES 1
or THEA 11734 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY IV: LIGHTING, SOUND AND PROJECTIONS
THEA 20202MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE I 3
THEA 20203MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE II 3
THEA 21111SCRIPT ANALYSIS 3
THEA 21303ACTING PROCESS 3
THEA 21306MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE I (taken twice)6
THEA 22092PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 3
THEA 31110HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I 3
THEA 31111HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA II 3
THEA 31303CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY I 3
THEA 31304CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY II 3
THEA 41307MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE II (taken twice)6
THEA 42192PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR) 3
Theatre History or Playwriting Elective, choose from the following:3
DAN 47163
DANCE HISTORY II (WIC) 1
THEA 41026
PLAYWRITING (WIC) 1
THEA 41140
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY (WIC) 1
THEA 41620
HISTORY OF PERIOD STYLES FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS (WIC) 1
Dance Electives, choose from the following: 28
DAN 17010
BALLET 1
DAN 17011
BALLET 2
DAN 17080
MUSCIAL THEATRE RUDIMENTS OF JAZZ AND TAP
DAN 27070
JAZZ STYLES I
DAN 27080
MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ AND TAP I
DAN 27170
JAZZ STYLES II
DAN 37080
MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ AND TAP II
DAN 37081
MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ AND TAP III
DAN 47070
JAZZ STYLES III
DAN 47080
MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE STYLES I
DAN 47081
MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE STYLES II
DAN 47095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN DANCE
DAN 47170
JAZZ STYLES IV
THEA 41702
MOVEMENT AND DANCE FOR ACTORS
Guided Electives, choose from the following: (minimum 8 upper-division credit hours)12
MUS 36311
APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE
MUS 45131
KENT STATE OPERA THEATRE WORKSHOP
MUS 47311
VOICE CLASS FOR THE INSTRUMENTALIST
THEA 21016
MAKEUP FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
THEA 21700
MOVEMENT I
THEA 21800
VOICE I
THEA 31701
MOVEMENT II
THEA 31801
VOICE II
THEA 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE
THEA 41301
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA I
THEA 41302
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II
THEA 41305
PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS: PERFORMANCE
THEA 41308
MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION
THEA 41499
MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE (ELR)
THEA 41702
MOVEMENT AND DANCE FOR ACTORS
THEA 41802
ENSEMBLE SINGING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE
THEA 42192
PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR)
Any Dance (DAN) course
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Enrollment in many of the dance courses are by audition only.

Progression Requirements

  • In order to continue and graduate with the B.F.A. degree, students are expected develop skills equal to entry-level positions in the profession or as expected for admission into a M.F.A. degree program.
  • Students on academic probation may not participate in School of Theatre and Dance productions.
  • Students may be immediately dismissed from the program for failure to maintain a 2.500 major GPA. Students should strive to maintain a 3.000 overall GPA.
  • Students are required to participate in biannual B.F.A. evaluations/interviews/meetings, and must must pass annual evaluation reviews to remain in the program.
  • Students are required to participate in annual school screening auditions and, if qualifying, must participate in at least one unified audition.
  • Students are required to audition for all main-stage theatre productions and accept roles as cast.
  • Students may be subject to probation or dismissal for failing to audition for main-stage productions, for not accepting a role that is offered or for failure to demonstrate continuous skill development and growth in all areas of the program as defined by the Musical Theatre Student Handbook. At the time a student is placed on probation, he or she will be provided written information regarding specific areas for improvement.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.000
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 2
THEA 11100 MAKING THEATRE: CULTURE AND PRACTICE 2
!THEA 21306 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE I 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Fundamentals of Production 2
Fundamentals of Production Laboratory 1
Dance Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
!THEA 20202 MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE I 3
!THEA 21303 ACTING PROCESS 3
Fundamentals of Production 2
Fundamentals of Production Laboratory 1
Dance Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 2
!THEA 20203 MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE II 3
!THEA 21111 SCRIPT ANALYSIS 3
!THEA 21306 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE I 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Four
Progression Requirement: minimum 2.50 major GPA  
!MUS 17111 PIANO CLASS I 1
!THEA 31303 CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY I 3
Dance Elective 2
Guided Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!MUS 17112 PIANO CLASS II 1
!THEA 31110 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I 3
!THEA 31304 CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY II 3
!THEA 41307 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE II 3
Dance Elective 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Progression Requirement: minimum 2.50 major GPA  
MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 2
!THEA 22092 PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 3
!THEA 31111 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA II 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Seven
!THEA 41307 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE II 3
!THEA 42192 PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR) 3
Dance Elective 1
Guided Electives 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 2
Dance Elective 1
Guided Elective 3
Theatre History or Playwriting Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)

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. 

Musical Theatre Audition Information

Etiquette for Students in the BFA Musical Theatre Program

Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance Acting Area Company Rules and Etiquette

 
Punctuality
  • Being a professional means there are no excuses for lateness to a rehearsal or performance.  
  • Arrive at rehearsal fifteen minutes before your call time so you are ready to begin at the designated time. These extra minutes will allow more time for warm-up, building ensemble, or getting you in the right frame of mind. If lateness is truly unavoidable, you must call your stage manager and let him or her know your expected arrival time.
 
Read What You Sign
  • Even though Equity’s major benefits are our negotiated contracts, business representatives, and member services, read everything you are asked to sign, even from Equity.
 
Rehearsals
  • Please be prepared before you come to the first rehearsal, i.e. make sure you have done your homework before the first rehearsal, be familiar with your script and music, and meet the expectations set forth by the director. 
  • For musicals, cast members are expected to bring an audio recording device to all rehearsals.
  • For many, this is the most exciting time of being in a show. Take time to explore your character (why do you cross on that line?), fine-tune stage business, or justify your choreography. Even if you can’t wait to get in front of an audience, let those actors who love it, relish it.
  • Always bring your planner, paper, a pencil, and your script to every rehearsal.
  • From one rehearsal to the next you are responsible for acknowledging, studying, and applying your notes (line, acting, tech, etc.).
  • Wear shoes, clothing, and hair styles appropriate to the individual rehearsal.
  • Any issues and/or conflicts which may arise during the rehearsal process and run of the show should be filtered through the SM.
  • Blocking and character notes are the actor’s responsibility. The SM will make blocking notes for reference purposes only.
  • Hold onto your scripts and put your name in them.
 
Cell Phones
  • Turn them off when entering a rehearsal or performance space. There are appropriate times to use them, so hang up!
 
Notes
  • Getting Them: Always be gracious, even if you disagree. Say, “Thank you.” after the director gives you the note, or, “May we speak about this later?” if you don’t understand or disagree. Find time for you and the director to solve issues that affect you or your character only.
  • Notes are expected to be written down and reviewed before the next rehearsal.
  • Giving Them: NEVER, never give another actor notes and never allow yourself to receive notes from another actor. A response could be, “Thanks for your help, but I think it’s best we do this kind of thing through the stage manager or director.” There is no room for flexibility here. Wouldn’t you resent it?
 
Costumes
  • Costume fittings are tricky. Let the designer know your concerns, but avoid doing his or her job.
  • Personal hygiene is important for the fittings, and you should be clean & wear proper undergarments.
  • Actors are responsible for returning their own costumes to the appropriate hanger/shelf/ditty bag at the conclusion of all rehearsals and performances.
  • All repairs, stains, or problems needing attention are to be written nightly on a repair sheet provided by the costume department.
  • No part of the costume is to be taken off theatre premises without the Costume Shop Supervisor’s approval.
  • Absolutely no eating, drinking, chewing gum, or smoking in costume.  Water is the only exception to this rule.
  • Please change into street clothes, hang up your costume, and return your mics before greeting the audience.
  • Wear your costume as prescribed for every performance. You are not allowed to make changes to your costume.
  • Do not cut or change the color of your hair after you have been cast without the permission of the director and costume designer.
 
Props
  • Props are to be handled with care and only by the TD, SM, prop crew, and the actor using them.
  • Props are to be returned to the props table immediately after use unless otherwise designated by the prop master.
  • Please do not consume edible props unless you have been directed to consume them.
  • Take the initiative to communicate dietary restrictions before or early in the rehearsal process
  • All lost, damaged, or broken props should be brought to the attention of the SM or prop master immediately.
  • Never play with a prop and always check your props before each show and rehearsal.
 
Gossip
  • You know its wrong. We heard you say it. Just don’t do it!
 
Quiet!
  • As you learned in the last rule, sometimes keeping your mouth shut is a good thing. We will expand on that theme—keep the noise down when you are backstage. Avoid all talking and/or whispering; some theatres actually DO have good acoustics. Keep your voice and laughter down even when in the dressing room.
 
Tech Rehearsals
  • This is the only time the designers get to fine-tune their work with you there. So, pay attention. Don’t disrupt their rehearsal and stay close to the stage, because they’re always going to go back a few scenes when they resume.
 
Backstage Drama
  • Just because we play dramatic characters onstage does not mean we must portray them off.
 
Sound Check
  • Please be quite during the sound check. During sound check sing a portion of the show at the energy level appropriate for the performance.  This is a time for the music and sound designer, if you goof off you won’t sound pretty.
  • Remember that your mic may be on after you leave the stage. (All the way to the dressing room and beyond)
 
Run of the Show
  • You need to get permission before you leave town during the rehearsals and run of a show.
  • The stage manager may set any reasonable arrival time for any actor in any show.
 
Dressing Room Behavior
  • No singing in the dressing room after half hour.
  • Be quiet in the dressing room. Music should only be played through ear buds or headphones.
  • Please be careful of surfing the Internet, reading, or any activity that distracts you from doing your job.
  • Please be courteous and conscientious of the other cast members’ processes.
  • Directors will not be in the dressing room after half hour, and no notes are to be given after half hour.
 
Illness
  • There are sick days built into many contracts; use them when you NEED to.
 
Ad Libs and Changes to the Script and Blocking
  • Do not ad lib unless directed by the director. Never alter lines unless cuts have been made by the playwright or director.
  • Don’t change blocking after opening night.
 
Opening Night
  • Congratulations! Have fun at the party, but remember, you have a show tomorrow night.
 
Marking a Performance
  • The lone audience member today paid the same ticket price as the full house that loved your performance last night. You have a responsibility to all involved to perform the show as rehearsed and to do your best.
 
Maintaining a Performance
  • You can look at a long run either as a chore or the world’s best acting class. You get to apply your craft and test your choices in front of an audience (“Why did I get that laugh last night and not tonight?”). Quit complaining and stay fresh. There are worse things than having a job.
 
Respect

The most obvious and the most abused. We appeal only to the basest of reasons for having respect (Remember, nothing spreads faster than your reputation):

  • For Staff - They can hire you again
  • For Crew - They can hurt you
  • For Directors - They can make your life miserable
  • For Designers - They can make you look stupid
  • For Actors’ Equity - They can upstage you
  • For Yourself - That means value your contribution to the show by following the above guidelines and taking care of yourself when rehearsing and performing. Keep healthy throughout the run.
  • For Fellow Cast Members: They are you support system on and off stage
  • For Your Costumes, Sound Equipment, Set, and Instruments ECT…:  Don’t touch anything that is not yours and respect anything and everything around you.

 ** Portions of this document were adapted from Actors Equity Association, Ithaca College and Ashland University. 

Revised Requirements for the BFA Musical Theatre Program

Effective October 1, 2018

1. Since the BFA Musical Theatre Program requires students to demonstrate potential in all areas of musical theatre through assessment measures beyond academic evaluations, The Acting Faculty of the School of Theatre and Dance has the right to dismiss from the program a student who fails to demonstrate potential to become a competent performer. This condition will be applied to those who meet academic requirements.

2.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates must comply with the university attendance policy 3-01.2 (effective Jan. 13, 2014). 

3. BFA Musical Theatre candidates are required to audition for all theatre division main stage productions and accept roles if cast. Exemptions to the audition requirement may be granted under certain circumstances. Circumstances include but are not limited to: religious beliefs, moral objection, psychological triggers with the play, and physical concerns. In order to be exempted from the audition requirement, students must submit a written petition to the performance faculty prior to the beginning of the casting process for the production in question. The performance faculty will make a good faith effort to deliberate and come to a decision on the petition at the first performance area meeting after the receipt of the petition. At no point will a student be asked to disclose sensitive personal information.

4.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates are expected to follow the GPS roadmap for the BFA Musical Theatre Program unless exceptions are made by either the College or School advisor.

5.  If a BFA Musical Theatre candidate fails a required musical theatre core class, the candidate will automatically be placed on program probation.

6. BFA Musical Theatre candidates are expected to matriculate in the BFA program by completing program requirements and Kent Core requirements.  Failure of any course requires candidates to repeat courses and may interfere with program matriculation, which may result in program probation.

7.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates must successfully complete all course work as determined by the course instructors and as outlined by the course syllabi and maintain a GPA of 2.5 in their major. Students may be dismissed from the program for failure to maintain a 2.5 GPA in their major.

8. BFA Musical Theatre candidates on academic and/or programmatic probation may not participate in School of Theatre and Dance productions or outside productions.

9. BFA Musical Theatre candidates must demonstrate continuous skill development and growth in ALL areas of the BFA Musical Theatre Program.  A student may be placed on program probation for failure to demonstrate continuous skill development and growth in ALL areas of the BFA Musical Theatre Program. The members of the Acting Faculty will provide the student with written information regarding specific areas and skills in question at the time of a student being placed on probation.

10. A freshman BFA Musical Theatre student may only participate in one (1) production per semester. 

11. All BFA Musical Theatre candidates must petition the acting faculty for permission before auditioning for any production outside the Theatre Division of the KSU School of Theatre and Dance.

12. Upon completion of 60 semester hours, each student is required to contact the Office of Advising and Academic Services to obtain a current evaluation of progress toward completion of the student’s chosen degree program.

13.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates must participate in the annual School of Theatre and Dance, Kent State University, screening auditions.

14.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates who qualify for unified auditions, through the aforementioned screening auditions, must participate in at least 1 of the approved auditions each year.

15.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates must participate in the annual BFA evaluation interviews/meetings.

16.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates must demonstrate professional behavior at all times.  Professional behavior is defined as behavior that supports the creative process.  Any behavior that detracts from the creative process can lead to immediate probation and/or dismissal from the BFA Musical Theatre program.

17.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates must demonstrate respect for their peers, instructors, and for themselves before, during and after classes, rehearsals, and performances.

18.  BFA Musical Theatre candidates MUST secure, via the audition process, at least one role of significance in order to graduate.  The role of significance must be approved by the Acting Faculty.

19.  Should a BFA Musical Theatre candidate be placed on program probation the Acting Faculty will provide a written list of conditions, and an explanation of what constitutes meeting said conditions, as well as a time frame for addressing said conditions.  Failure to meet conditions in the time frame specified could lead to dismissal from the BFA Musical Theatre Program.

20. If a BFA Musical Theatre candidate is unable to attend class due to illness, then the candidate will be unable to attend rehearsal.  Failure to attend rehearsals may lead to dismissal from a production. 

21.  In order to maintain a safe and professional working environment, BFA Musical Theatre candidates are expected to attend classes, rehearsals, and performances with a clear, sober and focused mind and body.  Students suspected to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are subject to immediate program probation or dismissal from the program and shall be reported to the Student Conduct Board as well as the Kent City Police Department. They are also subject to immediate program probation or dismissal from the program.

22.  Failure to meet any requirement set forth in this document will lead to program probation, and/or program dismissal.

23. In extreme circumstances, a BFA Musical Theatre candidate may be dismissed from the program without probation.

24. Any request, petition, or other action for consideration by the acting faculty must be presented at least one week prior to the event or deadline. 

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Actors

3.1%

about as fast as the average

70,100

number of jobs

$N/A

potential earnings

Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

5.6%

faster than the average

116,300

number of jobs

$69,690

potential earnings

Dancers

2.3%

slower than the average

11,400

number of jobs

$N/A

potential earnings

Miscellaneous entertainers and performers, sports and related workers

4.2%

about as fast as the average

33,300

number of jobs

$N/A

potential earnings

Music directors and composers

1.7%

slower than the average

58,000

number of jobs

$52,250

potential earnings

Musicians and singers

0.9%

little or no change

175,600

number of jobs

$N/A

potential earnings

Producers and directors

10.0%

much faster than the average

159,500

number of jobs

$76,400

potential earnings

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

Career Opportunities

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 tkent@kent.edu

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