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Mission and History

The Ohio University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST)

Mission Statement

Ohio University Theater Division is committed to the development of the highest quality theater artists and scholars, through rigorous professional training, humanistic inquiry, and creative activity. We challenge our students to engage critically and creatively with research, the arts, and the world to prepare them for leadership roles as artists and citizens.

Guiding Principles

 ·We emphasize collaboration and critical thinking, which prepare students to work in interdisciplinary contexts and as contributing members of their future communities.

·We value a deep level of mentorship and active engagement with our students, as teachers and advisors.

 ·We strive for professional standards and practices in our classrooms, shops and theaters and professional student placement after graduation.

 ·Faculty, staff, and students contribute to the university's Research and Creativity profile by producing play scripts, theatrical designs, original performances, and scholarly research.

·We encourage and foster the development of original work by students, staff, and faculty.

·Theater at Ohio University is a vital part of the intellectual life of the university, the local community, and the region.

·The Theater Division is comprised of and encourages multiple perspectives, including but not limited to those shaped by race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, class, ability, and national origin.


General Description Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduate programs are built on a Fine Arts model with one year of Theater foundation leading to specific majors. Entry into one of the production oriented BFA programs is based on the foundation work and a formal audition, interview, and/or submission of writing sample or portfolio material. The BA degree offers the option for a broader liberal arts context for theater education and preparation for further study. A specialized Honors Tutorial program provides intensive one-on-one study in a select or diverse area of theater. The Theater Division provides a collaborative training environment in classes and productions that allows for interaction between all creators in the theater making process: performers, playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers, and technologists. Founded in current professional practice, we challenge students to think in imaginative and unconventional forms that can lead to active exploration of dramatic art. The emphasis is on learning and doing. To facilitate the training and educational mission our programs emphasize flexibility, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural perspectives.

Mainstage and Studio productions are staffed, developed, and performed based on regional and off-Broadway standards. 


Honors Opportunities

Honors opportunities exist for high achieving theater students within Ohio University's Honors
Tutorial College (HTC). Please visit the website for information.

Talent Scholarship/Audition Information

Students accepted to Ohio University are admitted as BA theater majors into the School of Dance, Film, and Theater: Theater Division. A program audition/interview is NOT required of incoming Freshmen, but there is an audition/interview opportunity for talent scholarship consideration. High school seniors who would like to attend Scholarship auditions/interviews should contact

Program auditions/interviews (BFA in Performance, Production Design and Technology, and Stage Management) occur in the Spring semester of the first year.