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.

Campus Visit Opportunity: The Experience

  • The Experience
    YSU Department of Theatre & Dance invites you to learn more about our outstanding programs by participating in “The Experience.” With three convenient days to visit, this dynamic program offers you the opportunity to learn more about our outstanding programs, meet talented faculty and be immersed in our dynamic studio classes.  High school seniors may audition for our pre-professional BFA programs. 
    Each Experience begins at 2pm in Bliss Hall with a Theatre production to follow:  
    • Friday, February 15, 2018: Musical Theatre Cabaret
    If you have questions, please call 330-941-3810.

    Registration Form

  • Auditions

    The audition dates for Spring of 2019 are as follows: Saturday, January 26 and Saturday, February 23.

    BFA in Musical Theatre Audition Requirements: 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.

    Prospective Students must apply to Youngstown State University in addition to auditioning for the Musical Theatre Program. Apply online or call our Admissions Office toll free (877) 468-6978 (877-GO-GO-YSU) or local (330) 941-2000 to request an application.

    Reserve an Audition Date



  • 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

    Course Listing

  • 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

    Course Listing

  • 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

    Course Listing


  • 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