2021-2022 University Catalog 
    Oct 18, 2021  
2021-2022 University Catalog

Theatre - Musical Theatre, B.A.


  • Ken Clothier, M.F.A.
  • Joseph Domencic, M.M.
  • Karen A. Glass, M.F.A.
  • Denise Pullen, M.F.A.
  • TaMara Swank, M.S.
  • Kellee Van Aken, Ph.D.
  • Steven Wilson, M.F.A
  • Caila Yates, B.F.A.

Learning Objectives: Theatre - Musical Theatre

  1. Execute the basic tasks of the performer, memorizing text or movement, participate in an ensemble, employ good technique to communicate to an audience, and use the body in an expressive and effective way.
  2. Perform basic technical theatre functions such as operating a sewing machine, hanging and focusing a stage lighting instrument, and operating basic power tools of a scene shop, as well as constructing and painting scenery.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to function congenially, cooperatively, and productively in the construction and running of a theatrical production by participation in various crew responsibilities.
  4. Identify and define the professions of theatre artists, technicians, dancers and other contributors to theatrical and dance production and the role they play in contemporary culture. 

  5. Identify characteristics of physical theatres, patterns of production organization, and production techniques of major periods of theatre or dance history.
  6. Critically examine and analyze representative works from the major period of theatre or dance history as part of the culture and time period in which they were written using research papers, discussions and written responses.

  7. Demonstrate the fundamental skills required of the director: script analysis, communication of directorial intent/concept, audition procedures, rehearsal procedures, and communication with collaborative artists.
  8. Identify and apply the fundamental elements involved in one or more aspects of production design. 
  9. Demonstrate the ability to act, i.e., to project oneself believably in word and action into imaginary circumstances, evoked improvisationally or through text.
  10. Engage in improvisations effectively both by oneself and in an ensemble.
  11. Employ technique for analyzing the specific tasks required in performing varied characters from written plays, including the practice of writing a character analysis.
  12. Analyze and scan verse drama and to perform verse convincingly.
  13. Use the body effectively on stage as an instrument for characterization responsive to changing time/rhythm demands and spatial relationships.
  14. Distinguish the specific demands of acting in plays of each major period and genre of dramatic literature.
  15. Employ the basic business procedures of the actor’s profession.
  16. Demonstrate a high level of vocal proficiency and perform from a cross-section of the appropriate repertoire.
  17. Identify the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, and employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and/or visual analysis.
  18. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the analysis and acting of songs written for the musical theatre.
  19. Demonstrate a proficiency in dance and movement techniques.

Acceptance into the theatre program to major in musical theatre is based on the successful completion of an audition and interview, which also enables the applicant to compete for several theatre scholarships.

The Theatre program provides a variety of performance and production experiences annually through five full-length presentations staged in the William Granger Ryan Theatre and by a variable number of shorter works presented in the Ridge Performance Studio in the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center. Production responsibilities are required, and guidelines for such work are outlined in the Theatre and Dance Department Manual, which also contains the program’s operating policies and expectations for successful student achievement. Students receive a copy when they enter the program.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre-musical theatre must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.

The capstone assessment includes successful completion of required coursework and assignments, completion of a first year goal-setting assignment in relation to the integration of theatre and University learning objectives, effective fulfillment of required production work, completion of at least one of the highest level of course offerings in the student’s chosen area of production, and achievement of designated proficiencies. Students must also complete required internships where applicable, a statement on how the attainment and integration of major and University learning objectives informed the project and the student’s plans for the future.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

Theatre - Musical Theatre Curriculum

Plus one of the following tracks:

Acting track:

Total Credits: 73-77

Dance track:

Total Credits: 72-76

Music track:

Total Credits: 69-73