Department of Theatre and Dance
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At Otterbein, you will produce exceptional pieces of American theatre while learning from and working intensely with our experienced, professional artist-teachers and guest professional artists. You will learn the intricacies of the art form, while being exposed to critical networking and professional development opportunities, including working professionals in New York City and Los Angeles through our nationally-recognized internship program. We have created a program based on mutual respect, professionalism, laughter, and joy. If you’re prepared to flourish in a challenging and supportive artistic environment, Otterbein is the place for you.
Notable Alumni Include: Andrew Betz, Kate Gosnell, Nathan Keen, Amanda Huxtable, Kolby Kindle, Justin Keller, Caroline Whetzel, Tina Scariano, Ben Hodges, Randy Adams, Dee Hoty
Faculty Info: Thom Warren, Rebecca White, Patrick Stone, Mark “Coach” Mineart, Melissa Lusher, Lenny Leibowitz, Stella Kane, Robert Johnson, Lori Kay Harvey, T.J. Gerckens, Kristen Cooperkline, Clarence Davis, Eryn Kane, Elizabeth Saltzgiver, Tara Smith, Haley Williams.
Listen to an Unheard Demo From SMJ and Sarah Flaim's New Musical AT THE BARRE
February 09, 2021
SMJ and Sarah Flaim have released their first demo, 'Ghosts' from their new musical, AT THE BARRE; expecting its first virtual performance in April/May produced by The Sappho Project. 'Ghosts' is an exploration of grief through poignant lyrics and haunting harmonies.
David Hemsley Caldwell Joins Totem Pole Playhouse as Artistic Director
January 22, 2021
David Hemsley Caldwell has joined Totem Pole Playhouse as Artistic Director and he is joined by James Nadeau as Interim Executive Director. The appointments were announced January 4, 2021 by Kevin Schoenberger, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Winners Announced For The 2020 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards! Actors' Theatre of Columbus, Otterbein University & More Take Home Wins!
January 11, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Columus Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade!
Art House Productions Announces 2020-2021 Inkubator Playwrights
October 06, 2020
Art House Productions has announced the 2020-2021 cohort of its INKubator Program. INKubator is a year-long generative process for a select group of 6 playwrights in residence at Art House Productions. This year's playwrights are Andrea Coleman, Izzi D'Esposito, Madeline Dennis-Yates, Nathaniel Foster, Aja Nisenson, and SMJ.
Meet Our NEXT ON STAGE: DANCE EDITION College Top 3!
October 03, 2020
You voted, here they are! In no particular order, meet our top 3 in the college category.
Meet Our NEXT ON STAGE: DANCE EDITION College Top 5!
September 26, 2020
You voted, here they are! In no particular order, meet our top 5 in the college category.
Meet Our NEXT ON STAGE: DANCE EDITION College Top 8!
September 19, 2020
You voted, here they are! In no particular order, meet our top 8 in the college category.
Meet Our NEXT ON STAGE: DANCE EDITION College Top 15!
September 12, 2020
You voted, here they are! In no particular order, meet our top 15 in the college category.
BWW Interview: Tina Scariano Will Perform LAWN CHAIR CABARET Concert at Holmdel Theatre Company 9/19
September 08, 2020
Holmdel Theatre Company will open its doors again for the first time since the pandemic with a new, socially-distanced outdoor concert. It is called the a?oeLawn Chair Cabareta?? and will be headlined by Tina Scariano on September 19.
VIDEOS: Watch Highlights of Our Next on Stage: Dance Edition Contestants - Enter Now to Win!
August 17, 2020
We've already received many submissions for our Next on Stage: Dance Edition competition! Check out some of our contestants and make sure to enter your audition before the August 21 deadline!
Short North Stage Will Present Staged, Virtual JOHN & JEN This July
June 30, 2020
Through a special arrangement with Broadway composer Andrew Lippa and Music Theatre International, Short North Stage will present their first-ever virtual production: John & Jen, July 5-12.
BWW Previews: THEATER NEWS FROM HERE AND ELSEWHERE: BALDWIN WALLACE, OHIO SHAKESPEARE, KARAMU, CHAGRIN VALLEY LITTLE THEATRE, OTTERBEIN & KENT STATE AND MORE…
June 18, 2020
Otterbein Summer Theater Cancels Summer Season
April 21, 2020
Otterbein Summer Theater has cancelled their summer season following the virus outbreak.
The College Showcase Must Go On (Virtually!) - Part 27
April 18, 2020
We've been compiling showcase videos from college seniors all around the country. Although their performances were cancelled, the show must go on-- virtually!
The College Showcase Must Go On (Virtually!) - Part 26
April 17, 2020
We've been compiling videos from college seniors all around the country for our new daily showcase series. Although their performances were cancelled, the show must go on-- virtually!