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Theatre and Dance @ UCM

A History of Excellence

As a part of the University of Central Missouri's Theatre and Dance program, you'll build knowledge of your craft, gain critical thinking skills, artistic instinct, and the confidence needed to realize your professional goals. Our five undergraduate degree programs are all accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.


Reach Your Potential

Learn from Professionals

UCM Theatre and Dance excels in educating future professionals for careers in theatre. You will study with nationally recognized faculty and collaborate with accomplished guest artists, known for staging some of the region's finest academic theatre productions.

We will mentor and guide you as you reach your potential. You will benefit from our strong connections to regional and national theatres and dance communities. The Meridith Harmon Sauer Endowed Guest Artist Series in Theatre will introduce you to local, regional, national and international artists.

UCM Theatre and Dance, through its academic and production programs, joins the global community in its investigation of the human condition. Along this journey, not only will we train you with rigor and excellence to compete at the highest level in regards to your artistic endeavors, but this investigation will equip you with the transferable skills of critical thinking, empathetic reasoning, collaboration, communication, discipline, time management and charismatic self confidence; skills that will make you highly employable in any career. Whether it's in our 5-6 Main Stage productions, 12-15 Studio Theatre One Acts, 30-40 Black Box productions, or membership and involvement in our six different student organizations, there are dozens upon dozens of opportunities for involvement each and every semester. Regardless if you intend to pursue one of the majors or minors listed below or plan to explore theatre and dance more casually, we welcome you to join us in our journey!

UCM Theatre and Dance Mission, Vision and Values:

Mission: UCM Theatre and Dance develops the intellectual growth, creativity, and artistic leadership of its students by combining rigorous theatrical training with a liberal arts education and serves as a vital force in the cultural and intellectual life of the University of Central Missouri, the community, and region. 

Vision: To be an indispensable member of the theatrical, academic and public community and a place of empathy, love, growth, inspiration and achievement for all. 


Inclusivity: Welcoming all differences and ensuring different perspectives are respectfully heard with every individual feeling a sense of belonging

Equity: Dedication to removing biases and creating accessible instruction, production program, curriculum and scholarships for all students particularly those who have been marginalized 

Diversity: Faculty, guest artists, selected works, recruiting and coursework will represent the richness of the multicultural world in which we live 

Liberal Arts Education: Educating students to be well-rounded and dynamic artists through a student-centered learning environment 

Professional Training: Prepare students for professional work through rigorous, hands-on real world situations and opportunities

Scholarship: Valuing in-depth scholarly research and program training across all disciplines both inside and outside of the classroom

Interpersonal Communication: Training collaborative individuals who work positively and respectfully with others

Inspiration: Students are encouraged and empowered to be innovators in both course work and theatrical production in pursuit of their goals and dreams to see beyond their perceived limitations 

Creativity: Students shall never be stifled as they explore and find their own artistic voices as theatre artists and educators. The opportunity to fail is just as important as the opportunity to succeed.



Undergraduate Programs

All major undergraduate degree programs in UCM Theatre and Dance are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.




BFA Auditions 2022 - Save the Date - Monday, February 21st, 2022 9am-5pm

 What You Need To know:

Audition Requirements


Musical Theatre

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Two contrasting monologues
  • Personal interview
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Two contrasting Musical Theatre monologues
  • One Musical Theatre ballad (32 bars)
  • One up-tempo Musical Theatre song (32 bars)
  • Dance audition - Bring dance attire & Jazz/Tap Shoes
  • Personal interview

Interview Requirements

Design and Technology

  • Portfolio review
  • Resume
  • Goals statement
  • Personal interview

While You Are On Campus

  • Attend morning theatre classes
  • Join the noon meet and greet with faculty
  • Take a campus tour
  • Sit in on evening rehearsals

              Audition Day Sample Itinerary

 8:30                Check-in at the Highlander Theater

 9:00                Campus Tour

10:00               Acting 1 (Nickerson BlackBox)

11:00                Stagecraft (Martin 110)

12:00               Lunch with faculty & students (Lunch provided on the Highlander Stage)  

12:30               Departmental Tour

1:00                 BFA MT's auditioning for Music Scholarships head to Utt Building

                          All other students - Dance Class (Wood 108)

2:00                  Auditions begin - all meet in the Highlander to divide up into areas 

                         Note: For MTs Dance portion will go 1st then individual songs/monologues

6:30                 Optional: Attend Mainstage Rehearsal (Highlander Theatre) 

How to Schedule Your BFA Audition

  • Contact Mary Trotter to schedule your BFA Performance audition -
  • Contact Ashley Miller-Scully to schedule your BFA Musical Theatre audition -
  • Contact Jennifer Van Buskirk to schedule your BFA Design Technology Portfolio Review and Interview - 


UCM Stagecraft in the Spotlight

Watch this PBS behind the scenes video showcasing Assistant Professor of Theatre, Ken George and how he and his students brought his design for Hairspray to fruition during our Fall 2019 season opener. 


Production Calendar

See What's On Stage at UCM Theatre and Dance

This season we are producing two main stage musicals, a contemporary play, a world premiere of an original play, and a spring dance concert.  

We are excited to announce our 2021-2022 Theatre & Dance Season: Live On Stage! 

September 9-11th 2021 @ 7:30pm - Studio One Acts - Nickerson Black Box Theater 



October 8, 9, 14-16th @ 7:30pm & October 10th at 2pm - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Hendricks Hall 


Poster for "Elf"

November 12, 13, 18-20th @ 7:30pm & November 14th at 2pm - Elf The Musical - Highlander Theater

February 10-12th @ 7:30pm - Studio One Acts - Nickerson Black Box Theater


:Poster for "Voucher or That PTA Play

February 24-26th @ 7:30pm & February 27th at 2pm - Voucher Or That PTA Play - Highlander Theater


Poster for: Fun Home

April 1, 2, 7-9th @ 7:30pm & April 3rd at 2pm - Fun Home - Highlander Theater


Poster for: "Kaleidoscope"

April 21-23rd @ 7:30pm & April 24th at 2pm - Kaleidoscope Spring Dance Concert - Highlander Theater

Plus numerous Black Box productions written, created & produced by UCM Theatre & Dance students.




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