B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

Designed to prepare students as “triple threats”, our interdisciplinary BFA in Musical Theatre degree program offers a four-year sequence of courses in acting, voice, music and dance. Musical Theatre majors take courses in music theory, keyboard, musical theatre, private voice study, and extensive training in jazz, tap, modern, ballet and musical theatre dance. They also take courses with the BFA Acting majors, including diction and dialects, movement (Alexander and Feldenkrais), voice for stage (Fitzmaurice), scenework, acting for TV/film and styles including Shakespeare.

Coursework is augmented with a wide variety of public performances. Musical Theatre majors audition for all mainstage productions, not just musicals. Additional performance opportunities exist in directing workshops and various vocal ensembles. Students are expected to participate in music ensembles and mainstage theatre productions. All students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards to complete the BFA program.

The senior year is highlighted by a ten-week internship centered around the students’ interest. Many take an internship with a professional casting director in New York City while others choose agents, directors and choreographers in Chicago, NYC or LA. Otterbein has relationships built with industry leaders in NYC that include, Telsey + Co, Jay Binder, Tara Rubin, Jim Carnahan (Roundabout Theatre), Andy Blankenbuehler, Stephanie Klapper, Michael Cassara Casting, Law & Order SVU, among others. Students function as readers for professional auditions, meet agents, directors and producers, and begin the process of networking with people in the profession. Acting majors are also eligible to participate in the Senior Showcase, produced in New York City for agents and casting directors.

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre with an Integrated Dance Minor

The interdisciplinary BFA in Musical Theatre with an integrated Dance Minor offers students the chance to increase their dance skills while studying acting, voice, music and theatre.

Dance classes are structured to allow students to dance every day. Students are placed among four levels of jazz, tap, modern, ballet, or musical theatre dance, in order to ensure appropriate teaching, growth & success. All dance classes are taught by specialists of each technique.

Two choreography classes are offered and all dance students are encouraged to choreograph pieces for dance workshops as well as the annual dance concert, one of the mainstage productions.