Hone your craft. Prepare for a lifetime in the arts.

At Southeast, we have one of the nation’s only campuses dedicated to the arts. The Southeast River Campus is home to the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance and provides unique opportunities to students pursuing a career in the performing arts. From main stage theatre productions, master classes, summer intensive programs, a showcase in NYC or Los Angeles, and so much more, come see why we are ranked the #1 undergraduate theatre program in the state of Missouri and ranked in the top 30 programs in the nation! 

What you’ll do 

  • Training. Study with experienced faculty and staff in the areas of acting, singing, and dancing for live theatre, film, and television.  
  • Performance. Opportunities to perform in world-class venues in four mainstage theatre productions, one mainstage dance concert, two second stage theatre productions, and one second stage dance concert, as well as a host of one-acts, readings, cabarets, improv shows, and so on.  
  • Learn Across Disciplines. Opportunity to take courses in directing, playwriting, and design.
  • Collaborate on New Plays and Musicals. Every production season includes at least one world premiere, including collaborations with Tony, Oscar, and Emmy-winners.
  • Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival. Perform in the annual new play festival with guest artists and playwrights from across the country.  
  • Fault Line Film Festival. Act in one of dozens of student films produced as part of the annual nationwide festival held on the Southeast campus.  
  • Career Development. Prepare to launch a career in the industry through auditioning classes, as well as entrepreneurship classes and Senior Portfolio.  
  • Housing. Live and train in the beautiful River Campus on the banks of the Mississippi.
  • Guest Artists. Benefit from an established program of master classes and residencies with professional guest actors, directors, and industry professionals.  
  • Study Abroad. Train at the prestigious NSKI University College in Oslo, Norway, the only institution in Scandinavia to teach Method Acting at degree level, as well as musical theatre.  
  • Professional Auditions. Participate in numerous combined and individual professional theatre auditions across the country.  
  • Intensives and Professional Employment. Complete a required internship through various summer intensive acting programs and professional employment.  
  • Student Organizations. Join Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Theatre Fraternity, as well as any of our student production companies and improv troupes.  
  • BFA Reviews. Learn from faculty committees dedicated to providing individual feedback on training, academics, and career development for every student.  
  • BFA Project. Perform in a faculty or guest-artist directed mainstage or second stage production, followed by a project review with a faculty committee.  
  • NYC or Los Angeles Showcase. Participate in one of two showcases: New York City with The CRY HAVOC Company or Los Angeles with Actors Connection.  

What Can You Do with a Degree in Musical Theatre?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Internship and Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Broadway, NYC
  • Off Broadway, NYC
  • National & International Tours
  • International Cruises
  • NBC Universal
  • The MUNY, St. Louis
  • Second City, Chicago
  • Lucille Lortell Theatre, NYC
  • Upright Citizens Brigade, NYC
  • Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
  • Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC
  • Stella Adler School of Acting, NYC
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
  • Disney Internships
  • Olney Theatre, Washington DC
  • Discovery Channel

Musical Theatre (BFA) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Theatre Rankings

  • #1

    Ranked Undergraduate Theatre Program in the State of Missouri

    Theatre website OnStage Blog has recognized Southeast Missouri State University in its “Best College Theatre Programs in Every State” list for 2021.

  • Top 30

    Musical Theatre Programs in the U.S.A.

    Theatre website OnStage Blog has recognized Southeast Missouri State University in its Top 30 College Musical Theatre Programs for 2019-2020.

What you’ll study

The BFA Theatre: Musical Theatre option is for students who are pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. 

Theatre: Musical Theatre Option – 83 hours

A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required in each core course. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the major and a 2.5 overall GPA. No minor is required.

  • TH105 Rehearsal & Production I (2)
  • TH107 Theory Skills & Analysis for Musical Theatre (3)
  • TH111 Introduction to Theatre Design & Technology (3)
  • TH122 Class Voice for Musical Theatre I (3)
  • TH123 Class Voice for Musical Theatre II (3)
  • TH181 Script Analysis (3)
  • TH201 Private Voice for Musical Theatre I (2)
  • TH218 Acting I (3)
  • TH219 Auditioning I (1)
  • TH228 Acting II (3)
  • TH301 Private Voice for Musical Theatre II (2)
  • TH305 Rehearsal & Production II (4)
  • TH307 Musical Theatre Score Study (3)
  • TH318 Musical Theatre Performance I (3)
  • TH327 Auditioning II (3)
  • TH328 Acting III (3)
  • TH329 Acting IV (3)
  • TH401 Private Voice for Musical Theatre III (2)
  • TH411 Musical Theatre Vocal Styles (3)
  • TH418 Musical Theatre Performance II (3)
  • TH488 Senior Portfolio for Acting & Musical Theatre (3)
  • TH490 Theatre History I (3)
  • TH491 Musical Theatre History (3)

Dance - Choose 2 hours:

  • TH499 Internship (2)
  • TH800 Summer Theatre & Dance Workshop (2)

Dance - Choose 3 hours:

  • LI432 Shakespeare’s Comedies & Histories (3)
  • LI433 Shakespeare’s Tragedies (3)

Dance - Choose 4 hours:

  • DA112 Ballet for Musical Theatre I (2+2)
  • DA129 Ballet for Musical Theatre II (2)
  • DA211 Ballet I (2)
  • DA311 Ballet II (2)

Dance - Choose 4 hours:

  • DA118 Jazz Dance for Musical Theatre I (2)
  • DA127 Jazz Dance for Musical Theatre II (2)
  • DA226 Jazz Dance I (2)
  • DA326 Jazz Dance II (2)

Dance - Choose 2 hours:

  • DA236 Tap Dance I (2)
  • DA336 Tap Dance II (2)
  • DA436 Tap Dance III (2)

Musical Theatre - choose 5 hours:

  • DA131 Introduction to Aerial Arts (1)
  • DA211 Ballet I (2)
  • DA221 Modern Dance I (2)
  • DA226 Jazz Dance I (2)
  • DA311 Ballet II (2)
  • DA321 Modern Dance II (2)
  • DA326 Jazz Dance II (2)
  • DA336 Tap Dance II (2)
  • DA391 Topics in Dance (3)
  • DA411 Ballet III (2)
  • DA421 Modern Dance III (2)
  • DA426 Jazz Dance III (2)
  • DA436 Tap Dance III (2)
  • MM105 Aural Skills (1)
  • MU 151 Functional Piano (1)
  • TH 317 Voice for the Actor (3)
  • TH 319 Acting for Film & Television (3)
  • TH 321 Stage Combat I (3)

General Education Requirements – some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines, with TH233 recommended*)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (17 Hours)  

  • UI100 (1) 
  • TH105 (1) 
  • TH107 (3) 
  • TH111 (3)
  • TH122 (3)
  • TH218 (3) 
  • TH219 (1) 
  • Dance Elective (2) 

Spring Semester (18 Hours) 

  • EN100 (3) 
  • TH105 (1) 
  • TH123 (3) 
  • TH228 (3) 
  • TH307 (3) 
  • Dance Elective (2)
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (16 hours)

  • TH201 (1) 
  • TH305 (1) 
  • TH328 (3) 
  • Dance Elective (2) 
  • General Education* (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours) 

  • TH201 (1)
  • TH305 (1)
  • TH329 (3)
  • Dance Elective (2) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • TH181 (3) 
  • TH301 (1) 
  • TH305 (1) 
  • TH318 (3) 
  • TH490 (3) 
  • Dance Elective (2) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • TH301 (1) 
  • TH305 (1) 
  • TH327 (2) 
  • TH411 (3) 
  • TH418 (3)
  • Dance Elective (2) 
  • General Education (3) 

Summer Semester (2 Hours) 

  • TH499 or TH800 (2) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15-16 Hours) 

  • LI432 or LI433 (3)  
  • TH401 (1) 
  • TH488 (3) 
  • Musical Theatre Elective (2-3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (14-15 Hours) 

  • TH401 (1) 
  • TH491 (3) 
  • TH498 (3) 
  • Musical Theatre Elective (2-3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

A minimum 3.0 GPA in the major and overall 2.0 are required to graduate with a BFA-Musical Theatre degree. 


 Theatre Program

  • Facilities

    Students in the Theatre program have access to many different types of facilities for a special learning experience. We have multiple performance theatres that provide a unique performance experience for our students and community!

  • Auditions

    At Southeast, we continue to work to better ourselves and our program. To do that, we need performers like you! Find out about our audition requirements and the application process.
  • Experiential Learning

    Our students get hands on learning the moment they start classes! From live shows, master classes, summer festivals, and more, Theatre students have many opportunities to grow in their craft. Learn more about what the B.A in Theatre program offers ( 

  • Onstage Blog

    OnStage Blog recently moved Southeast Missouri State to the “Best College Theatre Program in Every State” list! Read the article to learn why our program is special and could be the right fit for you! 

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