Revised Requirements for the BFA Musical Theatre Program | School of Theatre and Dance | Kent State 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.