Theatre Production & Performance Major or Minor

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Theatre Production and Performance offers students an artistic outlet and the preparation they need for success in the theatrical world.

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Olivet theatre students study acting, directing, dramatic literature, technical theatre/stagecraft and are welcome to participate in numerous performance opportunities — on campus and in the community — throughout the year.

In preparation for a career as an actor, producer, director, costumer, set designer, stage manager, house manager, technical director or public relations executive, students have opportunities to connect with alumni who are already pursuing professional theatre careers.

Students gain first-hand knowledge of “show business” when working with professor and director of ONU Theatre

Areas of Study

The minor in musical theatre is for students who wish to pursue a career that combines two great artistic ventures: music and theatre. Whether it’s crooning into the microphone, tickling the black and white keys, dancing in front of a painted set or conducting a 100-piece orchestra, the love for musical theatre produces a natural high that simply cannot be duplicated. Students receive solid course instruction and direction, as well as numerous opportunities for implementing stagecraft skills— onstage and off.

Theatre at Olivet
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The Theatre at Sims

The newly renovated black box theatre space with state-of-the-art lights and sounds allows students to hone their skills in acting and directing while also gaining an understanding in tech. Students will be able to learn lighting and sound design their first semester as a theatre major because of this space.

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Green Room Theatre Company

The Green Room Theatre Company is a student-run company and exists to promote student work — directing, acting and design. It specifically focuses on the production of stage shows and advancement of student talent, with emphasis on Christian worldview and spiritual development to accompany theatrical accomplishment.

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New Works Program

The New Works Program is designed and committed to nurturing our students’ storytelling and collaboration skills in order to better communicate stories both on and off the stage professionally and in service to others. ONU Theatre’s original musical “Still,” written and directed by Ashley Sarver, was nominated for a Dove Award against Natalie Grant, Brandon Lake, for King & Country, Hillsong UNITED, and additionally garnered 9 BroadwayWorld Awards for Chicago Theatre. ONU Theatre partners with ThirtyTwo 7 Studios production company to help students write, produce, publish and record new plays and musicals.

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