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Department of Theatre

The theatre major and minor are administered through the Department of Theatre. The department seeks to integrate the strengths of the liberal arts tradition with the career preparation skills necessary to graduates in the field of theatre. The program of study is designed to prepare students who are technically proficient as well as being knowledgeable and conversant in the theory, history, literature, and criticism of their discipline.

The theatre major is structured to provide students with a broad foundation in all areas of theatre as preparation for graduate study or careers in professional theatre. All students complete a common core of classes and then choose to emphasize either the performance or production aspects of theatre by completing one of three tracks: Design Technical, Musical Theatre, or Performance. Theatre electives are available to all students.

For more information, contact Kevin P. Kern, chair of the Department of Theatre, at (330) 823-3868 or

Department of Theatre Faculty

Theatre Scholarship Auditions

The application for admission to the fall 2020 semester at the University of Mount Union will be available in July 2019. Beginning in early fall of 2019, audition reservation forms for students admitted to the fall 2020 semester will be available. The Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship audition dates for students admitted to the 2020 incoming class are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Department of Theatre offers half-tuition scholarships to incoming students who will major in theatre. There is also a blended scholarship available for students double majoring in both music and theatre.

These highly competitive scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters and will be given to students who demonstrate a high level of competency and future promise in the field of theatre. In addition, other scholarships, which range from $1,000-$5,000 will be given to incoming students who demonstrate talent in their area of interest and show promise as a productive member of the theatre department. All awards are based upon meeting terms set by the faculty.

To compete for these scholarships, performers will present an audition, and designers and technicians will present their portfolio for review. Students with multiple areas of interest may compete as performers and designers/technicians. All students competing for a scholarship will interview with the theatre faculty. Auditions and reviews for these awards are open to both theatre majors and non-majors who have been admitted to the University.

All scholarships are talent-based and offered regardless of financial need.

We encourage you to think seriously about your major strength in the area of visual and performing arts. Students are permitted to audition for only one scholarship. Mount Union offers visual and performing arts scholarships in art, music, theatre, and a blended scholarship for students majoring in both music and theatre.