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Music and Theatre

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Faculty

Pagen and Ikach (co-chairs)

Purpose

As a department within the College of Liberal Arts at California University of Pennsylvania, the Department of Music and Theatre serves as the creative outlet for its students, faculty, and staff.  Students in both programs will find supportive environments that will help you shape and showcase your unique talents.  Join others who will challenge you to craft artistic works that move and inspire! 

The Department of Music and Theatre offers a wide variety of majors, minors, ensembles, certifications, and performance opportunities.  Explore the fields of commercial music technology, entertainment technology, musical theatre, acting, directing, stage management and more with passionate faculty who seek to share their art with you.  Through rigorous study and ample practical opportunity, our students develop their chosen craft. 

Music and Theatre students find employment in a variety of professional settings, theatre companies, opera companies, and studios.

Programs

Theatre is an undergraduate degree program in the College of Liberal Arts.  It's mission is to build students' knowledge, skills and character through classroom instruction and high-quality musical theatre, dance, and performance.  This prepares them for both entry-level employment and further study.  The department also contributes to the cultural life of the University and serves as a cultural resource for the people of southwestern Pennsylvania.  Theatre serves a dual function, providing occupational education and training for talented students pursuing careers in theater and providing educational and performance opportunities for all students.

The theatre program sponsors two play-producing groups with membership open to all students: University Players, which produces Mainstage Productions, and Mon Valley Dance Council, which produces dance productions. These organizations, either individually or in combination, annually present six or more on-campus play, dance and musical productions.

We reward creative excellence by offering opportunities for upper-level students to produce shows, choreograph pieces, and direct or design both major and minor  productions. Theatre ajors are required to take practicum credits, which give students practical experience in various areas of production: technical production, dance, acting, design, management, directing, technical direction and touring theatre.

California University's Bachelor of Arts in Theatre program is one of just 178 programs to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.  NAST establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

The department also offers a Bachelor of Science in commercial music technology, or students from any major may choose to minor in music.

Admission to the commercial music technology program is by audition only.

Honor Society

Since 1938, outstanding students have annually been elected to the University Players' Hall of Fame. Membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the national honorary theater fraternity, is earned through both active participation in theater productions and achievement of satisfactory academic progress.

Careers

Graduates of California University work throughout the country in professional and semi-professional theater; in film and television; in teaching; in community and regional theater; in recreation; and in rehabilitation theater, public relations, interior decoration, costuming and arts management.