Theatre Majors

Be the star in a show, design the set or become in expert in the performance arts—all are possible career paths you can follow through our three Theatre programs.

What You'll Study

Youngstown State University offers three different theatre majors to undergraduate students:

  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Studies

All three programs are taught by our expert faculty, who live and breath all aspects of show business.

If you can hit the high notes, our Musical Theatre major provides extensive training in theatre performance with vocal, keyboard and music theory studies. The program prepares you for opportunities like musical directing or arranging, drama instructing, choreography, acting and performing.

Looking for intensive performance training? The Theatre major prepares you for a career in professional or academic theatre. You will focus heavily on theatre studies and production experiences, as well as dance instruction, throughout your coursework. By experiencing it all, you may find an area of special interest or benefit from a rounded education that covers all aspects of your craft.

Finally, YSU's Theatre Studies major is designed to give you an understanding of various techniques of theatre production. You'll work closely with professors in the classroom and in lab settings and gain a broad understanding of the art of theatre , while also sharpening your skills in production and performance. Major career paths include performance and education.

theatre audition

Audition dates: Friday, November 22, 2019 and Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Admission requirements for the BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting/Directing: two contrasting 1-2 minute monologues, a one-page performance resume, and an interview with the performance faculty.

Admission requirements for the BFA in Musical Theatre Audition: 2 songs of contrasting genre (i.e. Golden Age, Contemporary) and tempo (i.e. upbeat, ballad). 2 contemporary acting monologues of 1-2 minutes in length, and a dance assessment.

Reserve an Audition

Student Productions


Tickets available at YSU Ticket Sales Speech & Debate Spotlight Theater


Speech & Debate
By Stephen Karam
Spotlight Theater, YSU campus
September 27, 28 & October 4, 5 @ 7:30 PM
September 29 & October 6 @ 2 PM

Music by John Kander/Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Ford Theater, YSU campus
November 15, 16, 22, 23 @7:30 PM
November 17, 24 @ 2 PM

Annual Spring Dance Concert
Ford Theater, YSU campus
February 27, 28, 29 @ 7:30

Romeo & Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Ford Theater, YSU campus
April 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 @ 7:30 PM
April 5 @ 2PM

In addition to our regular season indicated above, we have two cabaret performances to be held in the Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion at the DeYor downtown. Proceeds from these performances go toward supporting the Musical Theatre program at YSU.

Heavy Hitters
Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion, DeYor
October 18 @ 7 PM
$25 per ticket

A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion, DeYor
February 14 
Pricing and time TBD



  • Musical Theatre Major

    You'll complete an audition consisting of two parts before entering the program. The first will be a vocal audition, where you'll give two contrasting vocal selections of your choice. You'll then schedule a separate acting audition, consisting of two contrasting monologs.

    Upon successful completion of the two-part audition, you'll take a combination of required general education studies, electives and major courses. Major courses include a mix of theatre , applied voice, applied keyboard, music theory, dance and vocal ensemble. 123 Credit Hours

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  • Theatre Major

    After being accepted into the program through audition or interview, you will take a combination of theatre, dance and production courses. 120 Credit Hours

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  • Theatre Studies Major

    You will take a combination of general studies and theatre courses. A minor or double major is also required to complete the program. 124 Credit Hours

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  • Theatre Minor

    The 18-credit minor touches on courses in stagecraft and play production; costume, makeup, scene design, lighting and direction; and theatre history.

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Internships and Jobs

  • Youngstown City Schools
  • Students Motivated by the Arts
  • Liz Rubino Music & Studios LLC
  • Fairmont Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Mosser Casting
  • Leap of Faith Theatre Production

One More Thing

My favorite part of the program is how many aspects of theatre I have been exposed to. I've been able to try my hand in performance, costume and set construction, design, stage management, playwriting and so much more. There are a great deal of opportunities students can take advantage of during their time here. I am thankful every single day that I transferred to YSU."

Allison Dolphin, Theatre Studies Student