We are dedicated to developing sensitive and caring theatre artists committed to developing the highest standards of professionalism.

Department of Theatre & Dance

At Otterbein, you will produce exceptional pieces of theatre while learning from and working closely with our experienced, professional artist-teachers and guest professional artists. You will learn the intricacies of the art form, while being exposed to critical networking and professional development opportunities, including the potential for an internship in New York or one of our leading professional regional theatres, contingent upon the changing availability of internships as determined by the American professional theatre, screen, and entertainment industries, the landscape of social change taking place in the theater community, as exemplified by A New Deal for Broadway, and the readiness of the student to be a full, productive, and beneficial member of their host organization’s mission. 

B.F.A. in Acting

Acting (BFA)

B.F.A. in Acting Designed to prepare students for careers in professional theatre, the B.F.A. in acting program is a four-year sequence of courses in acting, voice, movement and dance. Coursework is supplemented by a wide variety of public performances to provide students experience in different theatrical styles. Acting majors audition for mainstage and student workshop productions beginning in the second semester of their freshman year. The first two years of their Otterbein experience focuses on self-exploration, script analysis, characterization and…

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Minor in Dance

Dance (Minor)

Minor in Dance The dance minor offers students the opportunity to continue advanced level training in dance throughout their college careers, while pursuing their chosen major. Dance classes are structured to allow students to dance every day. We offer instruction in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and musical theatre. Students are placed in the appropriate level based on experience and technique within each discipline through the audition process. In addition to taking technique classes, two choreography classes and a class in…

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B.F.A in Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre (BFA)

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…

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B.A. in Theatre

Theatre (BA)

B.A. in Theatre The B.A. in theatre degree at Otterbein is designed for students whose professional career goals require study in multiple disciplines of theatre (or in other academic pursuits). The successful BA candidate is an independent, motivated student with intention and focus. The BA curriculum offers a common core of theatre classes and is combined with choice classes from the design technology, dance and performance fields. These choices include, but are not limited to, Design classes, Technology classes, costumes,…

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B.F.A. in Theatre Design & Technology

Theatre Design & Technology (BFA)

B.F.A. in Theatre Design & Technology Otterbein’s B.F.A. in theatre design and technology degree provides an immersive hands-on experience in which students achieve practical production experience across ALL areas of technical theatre, making our graduates versatile and effective collaborators. This degree program is a four-year sequence of courses in design, theatre technology and visual arts, paired with mainstage production assignments which support the department’s annual season. Most students elect to focus their upper-level study in one or two concentration areas (see…

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