At a glance: International Theatre Production
Did you know? Each spring, the graduating class in musical theatre travels to New York to present a showcase for agents and casting directors. The senior showcase blends musical numbers, dance and monologues into a cohesive whole.
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International Theatre Production at Ohio Northern University is a unique program focusing on the areas of theatrical design, production and stage management including the many variations of theatrical practice that occur in different areas of the world. By exploring the cultural and practical differences in theatre production, our students will gain a better understanding of not only theatre here in the United States, but also, overseas, and in the areas of opera and touring production.
The program facilitates this diverse approach by hiring in designers, directors and playwrights from around the world. In past years, guest artists have come from Scotland, Iceland, Estonia, Portugal, Ireland, Mexico, and England. The opportunity for our students to be able to work closely with these artists, coupled with symposiums, master classes and other formal instruction is the foundation of our approach to teaching. Visit the department's web site.
Our students earn a bachelor of fine arts in international theatre production.
- Program blends conservatory courses and production opportunities with the philosophy and resources of a liberal arts institution
- A unique international emphasis includes plentiful opportunities to work with international guest artists, touring and the annual International Play Festival
- Inspiring, challenging work with nationally and internationally acclaimed directors, actors, dancers, choreographers and designers (20 guests each year)
- Double majors are encouraged and permitted across the University
The Freed Center for the Performing Arts is a modern facility with the latest equipment, including:
- A 550-seat proscenium theatre and 132-seat studio theatre
- Dance/rehearsal room, scenic and costume shops, and academic and performance support spaces
- “Smart” classrooms equipped with current instructional technology
- State-of-the-art computer lab
Theta Alpha Phi – national theatre honorary
The BA in theatre has been a stepping stone for a wide range of opportunities for ONU students. They have secured internships and employment in areas such as acting, stage management, children’s theatre (Missoula Children’s Theatre), theatre administration (Washington, D.C.,’s Imagination Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse) and at casting agencies. ONU theatre majors have also been accepted to an array of highly rated law schools (such as William and Mary) and have pursued a variety of careers in communication arts and business.
The BFA program in international theatre production (ITP) enjoys a very high rate of placement for its graduates seeking either employment or further education at the graduate level. ONU’s frequent hosting of guest artists enables many of its technical students to secure useful professional contacts, and sometimes employment, before graduating.
All theatre arts degree programs prepare students for exciting careers or graduate school opportunities. Students graduating with the BFA in musical theatre have enjoyed significant success in finding professional work, internships and graduate school placement. They have worked at many prestigious, nationally recognized theatres, including La Jolla Playhouse in California, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the Denver Center for the Arts in Colorado. They have performed in national tours such as Scrooge, Kiss Me Kate, Beauty and the Beast and Sesame Street. Musical theatre majors occasionally focus their career paths in the area of dance; students graduating with a minor in dance have worked professionally as dancers or instructors.