Musical Theatre

Students at C-SC perform in the production of The Addams Family

About the Program

The BFA in musical theatre is for those students wishing to pursue professional or graduate work in theatre. Students will get experience in musical theatre performance as well as some design and directing within the genre. Our philosophy is simple: C-SC theatre is your theatre. Our faculty members will guide you in rigorous academic studies and production work. All theatre students have the  opportunity to design mainstage productions and direct full-length shows, and with no freshman freeze, you’ll begin gaining the experience you need to be successful right away.

What Makes the Program Distinctive?

Students perform in productions as early as their first semester. You may audition for and earn scholarships to study or participate in mainstage theatre. We produce four mainstage productions including one musical and multiple student-directed one act plays each year. Students may design, manage, or dramaturg mainstage productions. Each year students work with a professional actor in the annual Guest Artist Production and take master classes taught by professionals. We have work-study in scene, costume, lighting, sound and internships at summer theatres are available.

Beyond the Classroom

Student Run Clubs: Theta Alpha Phi – Theatre Honors Fraternity
Honor Societies: Theta Alpha Phi
Professional Experiences: Students may choose to do an internship. Also, many students work in summer theatres as actors, crew or designers.
Travel Study Courses: Aside from the general education travel study opportunities, C-SC Theatre offers a variety of travel study courses: Applied Theatre, Fine Arts International Travel Study and Theatre Travel Lab
Service Learning: Theatre productions, children’s theatre production and theatrical outreach are a part of the theatre curriculum.
Creative Expression: The theatre program offers four mainstage production per academic year including at least one musical and one guest artist production as well as a number of student-directed one act productions in the December 3-week. Students are also invited to participate in Opera Workshop and the College’s many music ensembles in both instrumental and vocal music.
Awards and Recognition: Our department and faculty are regularly recognized for their work by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Students have been recognized for their outstanding work in the areas of design, acting, directing and stage management.

After C-SC

Our students either work in the professional field or continue with graduate study. Graduates in the professional field work full time in performance, company and house management and design and crew work.

C-SC Rranked #1 in Missouri as Best College for Employment according to Zippia, Inc.

“It’s such a great opportunity to not only learn about our craft, but also be given the chance to put that knowledge to the test and gather experience for our future careers!”
–Hali Liles ‘19


Can you minor in this program?

Emphasis within the major: 
Students focus on musical theatre performance, but can also study directing or design in upper-level courses.


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Get to know our Faculty


For more information, contact:
Dr. Haidee Heaton
Professor of Theatre
Chair, Department of Theatre
Phone: 573-288-6434


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