Since the 1930s, our nationally accredited theatre program has provided students with experience in all areas of theatrical production. Whether you want to be center stage or prefer working behind the scenes, there’s a place for you at MSU.
We will prepare you for a career as a performer, technician, designer or stage manager. Our alumni are successful on Broadway, in professional theatre companies, television and film. Others are continuing their study at esteemed schools like the National Shakespeare Conservatory and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Alum Steve Kazee received a Tony Award in 2012 for “Leading Actor in a Musical”. Take a look at some of our Theatre and Dance Programs Points of Pride.
Since we are the only public university in Kentucky to offer a theatre program with teaching certification, we can also prepare you for a career in theatre education.
Learn more about Academic Program options available to you.
You are an ambassador for the performing arts when you step on stage at MSU. You can be a part of the tradition of excellence at MSU in productions like the classical Greek tragedy Medea or the iconic musical Grease in ether the state-of-the-art Lucille Caudill Little Theatre or our traditional proscenium stage at Button Auditorium.
Recent Productions include:
• August: Osage County
• The Tempest
• Noises Off
• Napoli Milionaria
• Spitfire Grill
Learn more information about upcoming Theatre and Dance Productions.
Take an inside look at photo albums from previous productions.
As a student in our program you will develop an understanding in all aspects of theatre. Learning does not stop the moment you step foot on stage, you will gain hands on experiences in all areas of production including:
• Costume, set, lighting, sound or prop design
• Directing class productions
• Set, costume and prop construction
• Running crew
• Stage management or assistant stage management
• Hair and make-up
Take a virtual tour of all our theatre facilities.
Guest Artists and Field Trips
The MSU theatre program offers special workshops given by guest artists to our students. In the last two years, we have had two professional guest choreographers for our productions of “Grease” and “Nunsense”, a stage combat workshop, and a clowning workshop with professional actors from Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble.
Another important part of arts education at MSU is allowing you to see arts events in other venues. With this in mind, we occasionally arrange for you to attend field trips to regional museums and theatres.
Each year you will be able to participate in the Kentucky Theatre Association Conference and will attend screening auditions to prepare you for the South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) general auditions.
At SETC, you will present portfolios and audition materials to theatre professionals for summer employment. In the past students from our programs have garnered positions as actors, managers and technicians at theatres such as Stage Door Manor, Stephen Foster Drama Association, Flatrock Playhouse, and Missoula Children’s Theatre.
All department shows are entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) competition as either associate or participating productions. KCACTF is a national theatre education program wherein actors, designers, dramaturgs and stage managers present their work for feedback from a regional KCACTF representative. Selected students are eligible to compete for recognition at the regional and national levels.
The Little Company
Gain career experience by joining The Little Company. As a member of this touring troupe, you will perform in a play and provide interactive workshops for schools in the state, with a main focus on the service region of Morehead State University. You will have the opportunity to visit up to 100 schools each year, and perform for 15,000 to 30,000 students. While this program serves teachers and K-12 schools in the state, it also offers a valuable career experience performing plays intended for young audiences, teaching workshops to K-12 students and working with a touring production.
Admission and Scholarships
While formal auditions are not required for admission to the theatre programs, we request that you apply to MSU and complete the Theatre Admission and Scholarship Application. Review of scholarship applications begins March 1.
Schedule a campus visit with us. During your visit, you can meet personally with our faculty members and sit in on classes and rehearsals and visit our studios. We look forward to seeing you at MSU.