College of Creative Arts and CommunicationYoungstown State University

Department of Theater and Dance
PH:  330-941-3810
theater AT ysu DOT edu.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
PH:  330-941-2000

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BFA Musical Theater Auditions

   Saturday February 28, 2015. 

  BA Dance Management Audtions

Saturday March 7, 2015

Call 330-941-3810 to reserve a spot



  • Joel Stigliano BA 2009 has been cast in the Western tour of Elf as Mr. Greenway. 
  • Joseph Alvey BFA 2014 will be playing the part of Peter Pan in Shrek: The Musical at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Indiana.
  • Jonathan Zelezniak BFA 2011 is the Master Electrician at the Lincoln Park Preforming Arts Center.  He also designed lights for Day Of The Dog at 59E59 Theater in New York City.

Theater and Dance in the News

Dance management grad earns top honors

NEXUS Grants Awarded to Several Theater Students




A recent survey of top creative professionals in business stated that theater-based skills are important to the workplace because of the focus on collaborationin diverse teams to develop a concrete product based on abstract concepts with limited resources in a compressed amount of time.




Theater Studies at Youngstown State University consist of an appropriate blend of academic and practical coursework leading to a Bachelor's degree in this most human of all the arts. As a theater student, you will explore the many faces of human nature by means of creative reenactments drawn from heightened moments in life.  As student actors, directors and designers, you will gain experience in the practical crafts involevd in bringing the results of those explorations to the public stage.

The undergraduate focus and the reasonable size of our department assures that theater majors will get close personal attention from the faculty, and that they will be able to audition successfully for roles in the production season from the very beginning of their matriculation.

With a varied selection of dramatic and musical works, and an academic curriculum which provides the theoretical and practical skills necessary to produce them, the comprehensive program at Youngstown State University is structured to train theater practitioners who are able to function confidently on either side of the footlights.

Youngstown State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST).




By Andy Wolk

A dramatic adaption of Thomas Bell's tale about three generations of immigrant familes struggling to build a life in the shadow of Carnegie's first steel mill and the rise of unions in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

One weekend only in Bliss Hall


February 26, 27, 28 7:30 p.m.  March 1 2:00 p.m.

This production is partially underwritten by the American Slovak Cultural Association of the Mahoning Valley,the Warren chapter of the Carpatho Rusyn Society and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Branch No. 161 and Branch No. 422, Simply Slavic, Loretta Ekoniak, Mary Margaret Hovanes and Sandra Saluga.

This production is dedicated to the memory of Susan J. Summers, co-author of Slovaks of the Greater Mahoning Valley


For tickets, call the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105

or order on-line YSU.TIX.COM






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