Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and dance is always up to something new and exciting. This semester is no exception! Normally, the Fall semester here at MSU is more focused on the T in T&D, but this semester is unique. This year, we will feature the traditional Fall Dance Concert, and two additional dance pieces on top of this. The exciting thing about all … [Read more...] about Fall Full of Dance.
As a child, Olivia Marie Jones "wanted to sing all the time." She loved classics like "Annie" and "Aladdin" and knew she would pursue performing. Of course, there are many paths to this career, and Olivia wasn't always sure hers included college. "I know that in this field, you don't necessarily need the piece of paper to prove you're good," she says. But she chose … [Read more...] about Olivia: performer
The theatre and dance department is pleased to welcome Broadway songwriter Craig Carnelia, who will teach an intersession class in songwriting. This three-week, 3-hour course will be an intensive introduction to the craft of songwriting. Students will learn both lyrics and music, producing several songs throughout the class. Over the course of his career, which includes … [Read more...] about Strengthen skills in lyrics and music
Each year, Missouri State arranges for acting, musical theatre and dance students to perform for and network with industry professionals in hotspots such as New York City and Los Angeles. Hannah Green lightly hops up and down, her high heels clicking the floor to a steady beat. A few feet away, Nick Driscoll’s mouth is awkwardly poised as he quietly emits … [Read more...] about Showcases ready acting, musical theatre and dance students for the next stage
To hear Darian Bengston tell it, the day he auditioned for Missouri State’s acting program was the worst of his life. Bengston expected to have normal performance jitters going into his one-on-one audition with Missouri State's acting program coordinator, Dr. Kurt Heinlein. MSU, after all, was his top-choice school. However, all chance of normal was soon … [Read more...] about Terrifying audition turns into rewarding student experience