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If you're saying to yourself, "I didn't know Ohio University had a musical theatre program," well don't fault yourself. They've got a brand new program and are striving to be cutting edge. Check out this Broadwayworld.com article... TJ

In the fall of 2019 the Ohio University School of Theater will welcome its first class to an exciting new chapter of its undergraduate Theater Performance degree program. Two interrelated four-year degree tracks will now be offered in either acting or musical theater, with an innovative curricular approach designed to prepare students for the rapidly changing theater industry. The new musical theater track includes many first-of-its-kind degree components as well as the development of outside interests and skills, an Actor-Musicianship Certificate option and a new musical development program with OHIO's Tantrum Theater in collaboration with a NYC based theater. Both tracks are guided by an advisory panel of award-winning industry leaders. Curriculum The proposed musical theater curriculum revisions, currently going through final OHIO governance approval processes, include what is believed to be the first requirements for a course sequence on the history of rock music, as well as hip hop dance, for a B.F.A. program of this discipline. Other curricular opportunities include options for applied guitar courses and a semester abroad in London. U

nlike most musical theater programs, which do not allow room for double majors or minors, OHIO's program strongly encourages students to have a "specialization" outside of their performance coursework, which could take the form of a minor, certificate program, double major, or create-your-own course of study with elective credits. The acting program also includes integrated secondary specializations and curricular components. A notable specialization options for both tracks may include the newly approved Actor-Musicianship Undergraduate Certificate program, a 24-credit program designed for music and theater students to gain access to major-level coursework outside of their primary discipline, so as to develop the key interdisciplinary performance skills required in Broadway hits "The Band's Visit," "Bandstand," "School of Rock," "Million Dollar Quartet," "American Idiot," and many others. While B.A. and M.A. programs in Actor-Musicianship exist in the UK, OHIO's certificate is the first program of its kind in the US devoted to this discipline. Other recommended specialization options include minors in stage management, film, screenwriting and digital storytelling, dance performance and choreography, advertising and public relations and customer service, as well as certificates in performing arts health and wellness, social media and consumer research. New Musical Development Partnership The School of Theater has a longstanding commitment to new work development, including the annual Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights' Festival, which celebrates OHIO's M.F.A. playwrights, as well as many collaborations with the School of Film. With the introduction of the musical theater track, OHIO and Tantrum Theater will partner with a well-known New York based company. Details will be announced later this spring. The collaboration will allow the organizations to workshop a new piece each January. The program will welcome three guest artists from the project's creative team for a two-week residency and workshop, including public performances of the show in development. Future OHIO mainstage productions of these works are also possible. Tantrum Theater is the resident professional theater company of the School of Theater. Founded in the fall of 2015 by Ohio University's College of Fine Arts, Tantrum has produced three critically acclaimed seasons through 2018, bringing visiting theater artists from across the country to work alongside Ohio University students, faculty and staff. B.F.A. in Theater Performance Advisory Panel The Theater Division welcomes members of a new advisory panel of industry leaders to the acting and musical theater tracks. These panelists will provide consultation and advice to the theater performance faculty and students to help remain on the cutting edge of the ever-changing business of theater. Members include Loni Ackerman (actor),Roger Bart(Tony Award-winning actor),John Cariani(Tony Award-nominated actor/playwright), Luke Frazier (Founder and Music Director - American Pops Orchestra, OHIO alumnus), Jonathan Freeman (Tony Award-nominated actor), Stephanie Klapper(casting director), Paul Michael(The Network NYC), Tom Morin (actor, CEO of Polish Your Passion, OHIO alumnus), Richard Oberacker(composer/music director, "Bandstand," Cirque du Soleil's "KA"), Emily Penick (Playwrights Horizons, OHIO alumnus), Bryan Perri(music director, "Jagged Little Pill," "Wicked," "Chaplin"), Sheri Sanders (Rock The Audition), Rick Sordelet (fight director/director), David Emerson Toney (actor/educator/playwright, OHIO alumnus) and Frank Wood(Tony Award-winning actor). The School of Theater is headed by Michael Lincoln. The theater performance faculty, led by Shelley Delaney, has designed the new B.F.A. in Theater Performance curriculum, and collaborates with the School of Music and the School of Dance to deliver the new musical theater track. The B.F.A. acting track is led by David Haugen and the new musical theater track is led by Alan Patrick Kenny. Other faculty members include Melissa Brobeck, Dennis Delaney, Dan Dennis, Brian Evans and Rebecca VerNooy. The School of Theater is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is a member school of the University Resident Theatre Association. Visit the School of Theater's website for further information: www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/theater





We are happy to announce the first virtual National College Audition dates for 2021. The first virtual National College Auditions (NATCA) will be held online the weekend of January 29-30. This will be the first virtual national audition where aspiring theater students from across the U.S. can audition for dozens of university theater and musical theater program directors and receive immediate callbacks. In the past, students and their parents had to incur the cost of travel to live auditions in New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles in order to audition. Now they can audition from home or their school and colleges will be able to contact them directly for call back interviews. “Adversity often breeds opportunity,” said Director Tracy Jordan, whose organization also produces College Audition Prep Weekend (CAPW) and College Audition Prep Intensive (CAPI). “In this time of covid related challenges to traveling and live events, we saw a need to bring college musical theater and theater programs together virtually with students from across the country wanting to audition for their programs. Drawing on our experience producing live and virtual events, we can create a forum for both students and colleges to come together which actually facilitates the process and saves both time and money.” Positive Customer Impact Parent Tracy Allen Lee stated, “Our daughter was so blessed to be a part of this year’s College Audition Prep Weekend. #CAPW2020 was a great way to get ready for her upcoming college auditions. The advice and guidance that she received from the college faculty and amazing staff was priceless. Thank you so much Tracy Jordan, Becky Ratliff Fredrickson, Dave Clemons for making this happen for her and all of these theater students.” The National Virtual College Auditions and College Audition Prep Weekend & Intensive are a response to feedback from college directors and parents. Jordan’s company, Tracy Jordan Presents, founded in 2018 after ten years building the second largest high school musical theater awards program in the U.S for Dallas Summer Musicals, services both groups through summer theater camps featuring faculty from top university musical theater programs from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and New York. He sees this as an opportunity to expand their area of services into a new area, bringing more students together with more colleges and streamlining what has been a time-consuming, expensive process.

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