The School of Theater is a professionally oriented school within a College of Fine Arts ' context. The aim of BFA and MFA programs is to prepare artists and craftsmen to succeed in the professional theater and film markets, or in related areas of the entertainment business. The BFA degree program establishes theater training within the broader educational parameters of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Honors Tutorial program provides intensive one-on-one study in a select or diverse area of theater. The mission of our MA program is to prepare scholars for work or further study in the academic market, or to work in the professional theater as dramaturgs.
All programs and curricula follow specific benchmarks and provide strong advising to ensure our students progress on track while attending OHIO. Students need to understand not only the standards of the field, but also the moral, social, political, and personal impact of theater works. Classes are a combination of training environments and productions that allow full, interdisciplinary interaction between actors, playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers and technologists.
The School of Theater also has longstanding affiliations with a number of theaters, and most graduate students have the opportunity to work as interns with them. The most prominent affiliations are with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Monomoy Theater in Chatham, Massachusetts. The Cincinnati Playhouse provides the entire third-year internships for the graduate acting students. Monomoy Theater has been affiliated with OHIO since its birth over 40 years ago, and both graduate and undergraduate students participate each summer in the 8 play season.
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The College of Fine arts is home to four schools at the undergraduate level that offer degrees in Art, Dance, Music and Theater. For graduate students, they also offer programs in film and interdisciplinary studies.The college is dedicated to advancing the arts through active participation in artistic and humanistic dialogue. It is committed to challenging, enriching and educating students through the creation and study of the arts. As the Athens region's primary cultural resource, the College of Fine Arts engages people of the university, the larger community and the geographic region in the arts. Hundreds of performances, productions, lectures and exhibitions throughout the year allows for students to show and display their work in a professional setting. The College of Fine Arts also offers an exclusive program, called a RLC, or Residential Learning Community, that allows students to live with other fine arts students on-campus.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.