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Theatre training for the undergraduate by experienced professionals

At CSU, faculty, staff, and professional guest artists – all with extensive experience on stages ranging from Broadway to regional theatres, and worldwide – provide students an experienced lens through which to study every aspect of theatre, including the theory and practice of acting, singing, theatrical design, stage management, technical theatre, dramaturgy, dramatic criticism, storytelling, and playwriting.

Upon admission to CSU and declaration of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre major, students choose a concentration: Performance, Musical Theatre, Set Design, Lighting Design and Technology, Projection Design and Technology, Sound Design and Technology, or Costume Design and Technology.

No matter which concentration is selected, the program provides students with fundamental skills and experiences in theatre within a liberal arts context, preparing students for graduate study in theatre, and/or potential employment opportunities in a variety of fields related to theatre, film, and other creative endeavors.

Comprehensive training occurs in classrooms, labs, shops, rehearsal studios, and in annual productions of plays, musicals operas, dance concerts, and special events, produced by a company of student actors, directors, designers, and technicians under the mentorship of our professional faculty and staff. These outstanding artists and technicians provide small class sizes and individualized teaching and advising, providing students with opportunities to succeed from their first day on campus.

A variety of opportunities to visit CSU Theatre are offered throughout the year, including a fall in-person visit day, a spring virtual visit session, and customized individual visits. Please register here.

Student performing artists will find a welcoming place of study in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.


Audition and Screening Requirements:

  • Design and Technology Concentrations: At this time, a portfolio review is not required for acceptance into the design and technology concentrations. Please apply to CSU through the Office of Admissions.
  • Musical Theatre Concentration: In addition to applying to CSU through the Office of Admissions, a successful video audition review with CSU Theatre faculty is required for entrance into the Musical Theatre Concentration. Your program audition video is also your scholarship audition.
  • Performance Concentration: In addition to applying to CSU through the Office of Admissions, students should submit a performance video for assessment and advisement with CSU faculty. The assessment video is also your scholarship audition.
Application and audition requirements for Musical Theatre and Performance are explained on each program page.

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