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You probably remember seeing your first play. The darkened theatre, the stage shining like a jewel box, the actors breathing life into characters and plot. If you are that person, the one who can’t imagine their life without Theatre, then consider MSU Denver’s bachelor of fine arts in Theatre program.
MSU Denver’s B.F.A. in Theatre degree is an intensive pre-professional program that offers two concentrations:
Music Theatre provides rich opportunities for performing; Applied Theatre Technology and Design provides hands–on technical theatre experience. These experiences are provided both in class and onstage as well as through on-campus productions, internships at local theatres and with the University’s own professional Kaiser Permanente Touring Company, which delivers health-oriented performances in local schools.
Taught by veteran teachers who are also theatre and design professionals, you will receive the kind of mentoring you need to make your way as an actor, theatre technician or designer, as well as discover ways to use your Theatre training in other fields.
These are some of the opportunities you might have as an MSU Denver bachelor of fine arts in Theatre student:
Perform or work in technical theatre areas on campus. Complete an internship with a local theatre company. Work on sets, lights, costumes, sound, props, and video crews in Denver productions. MSU Denver’s B.F.A. in Theatre degree program will help you develop artistically and professionally in class and beyond through the following:
As a Theatre major you will perform and work in the King Center performing arts complex, one of the country’s most adaptive and accessible performance venues.
Plus you will have easy access to Denver’s performing arts community. The MSU Denver campus is located just walking distance from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex, which houses the Buell Theatre, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex and Boettcher Concert Hall.
The philosophy underpinning the bachelor of fine arts degree in Theatre is that “Theatre is Equipment for Living.” The program is designed to prepare you for further graduate study or for careers as actors, directors, singers, costume technicians and designers, lighting technicians and designers, makeup artists, audio technicians, scenic construction and designers, scriptwriters, theatre critics, stage managers and more. Many also leverage their Theatre degrees in other fields including communications, marketing, business and nonprofit administration.
Department Chair, Faculty Advisory in Lighting & Sound Lighting
Jacob Welch teaches lighting and is an award-winning freelance lighting designer who works nationwide.
Marilyn “Cookie” A. Hetzel – Department Founder
Professor Marilyn “Cookie” A. Hetzel is a veteran theatre director, choreographer, performer and consultant. She has traveled all over the world as a teacher and theatre ambassador and is the recipient of Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Awards.
Professor, Faculty Advisor in Technical Theatre & Technical Director for the BFA/ATTD Coordinator
Brian Kelley coordinates the B.F.A. Applied Theatre Technology and Design program and advises B.A. Theatre majors and minors. He teaches courses in stagecraft and theatre career development.
Assistant Professor, Faculty Advisor in Performance and Voice & Director for BFA/MT Coordinator
Jeffrey Parker is an experienced actor and director who specializes in Fitzmaurice Voicework, Knight-Thompson Speechwork, dialects, improvisation, musical theatre and acting. He earned an MSU Denver Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.
Kalond Irlanda, MSU Denver ’14, is a producer at St. Luke’s Performing Arts Academy in Denver, an organization that seeks to provide character-building experiences for K-12 students through the performing arts.
Kristen O’Connor, MSU Denver ’12, is an assistant stage manager at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Sonny Wasinger, MSU Denver ’81, is the director of performing arts for the Veterans Arts Council Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1.
MSU Denver Theatre alumni have gone to work for these companies and organizations:
MSU Denver Theatre alumni have also pursued advanced degrees at these schools:
The Department of Theatre at MSU Denver is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines. Only two universities in Colorado have this distinction.