Theater 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 Theater programs.

What You'll Study

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

  • Musical Theater
  • Theater
  • Theater 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 Theater major provides extensive training in theater performancewith 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 Theater major prepares you for a career in professional or academic theater. You will focus heavily on theater 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 Theater Studies major is designed to give you an understanding of various techniques of theater production. You'll work closely with professors in the classroom and in lab settings and gain a broad understanding of the art of theater, while also sharpening your skills in production and performance. Major career paths include performance and education.

  • Auditions

    The audition dates for Spring of 2018 are as follows: January 27, February 16, February 17, and  February 24.

    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.

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  • Musical Theater 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 theater, applied voice, applied keyboard, music theory, dance and vocal ensemble. 123 Credit Hours

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  • Theater Major

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

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  • Theater Studies Major

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

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  • Theater Minor

    The 18-credit minor touches on courses in stagecraft and play production; costume, makeup, scene design, lighting and direction; and theater 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 Theater Production

One More Thing

My favorite part of the program is how many aspects of theater 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, Theater Studies Student