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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Alpha Psi Omega (student honorary society)






Joseph Alvey     BFA Musical Theater

Lee Beitzel        BA Dance Management

John Cruz         BFA Musical Theater

Nikita Jones      BA Theater Studies

Aaron Kubicina  BA Theater Studies

Valerie Spano    BA Dance Management

Kelly Sullivan    BFA Musical Theater 




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).

Spend your summer enjoying the talents of our students at these professional venues.

Tecumseh!  Outdoor Drama
June 6 - August 30
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
Chillicothe, Ohio
Cheney Morgan, BFA Theater 2013
Tony Genovese, BA Theater Studies 2013
Natalie Martzial, senior BFA Musical Theater
Carly Magnuson, senior BFA Musical Theater
For more information click here:  TECUMSEH  

Love's Labours Lost
July 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19, 20
Shakespeare on the River
Marietta, OH
Joseph Alvey, BFA Musical Theater 2014
Brittany S. Grant, senior BFA Theater
For more information click here:  Love's Labours Lost 

Cedar Point
Sandusky, OH
Technical Crew:
Anne Duffy, senior BA Theater Studies
Zach Cummins, senior BA Theater Studies

Cumberland County Playhouse
Crossville, TN
Costume Shop:
Jill Counts, sophomore BA Theater Studies

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