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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!


Undergraduate Programs

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




[virtual] BFA Auditions - January 23, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. (performance, design tech.) 1:00 p.m. (musical theatre)

 What You Need To know:

Audition Requirements


Musical Theatre

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Two contrasting monologues
  • Personal interview
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Two contrasting monologues
  • One ballad (32 bars)
  • One up tempo song (32 bars)
  • Dance audition
  • Personal interview

Interview Requirements

Design and Technology

  • Portfolio review
  • Resume
  • Goals statement
  • Personal interview

While You Are On Campus

Be sure to:

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

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 Ken George 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

Every season we are producing one or two main stage musicals, a world premiere of an original children's show, a spring dance concert and contemporary and classic plays from the English canon.  



Kathleen Leicht
Interim Head of Theatre and Dance
Martin 113B
Tel: (660) 543-8781


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