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Theatre & Dance Program

Part of the Music, Theatre & Dance Department

Sharpening Your Craft; Engage Your Faith

The department of Music, Theatre & Dance emphasizes active learning in every program. By joining our Music and Theatre majors, you won’t just sit and study methods and theories—you’ll put them into action.

Through ensemble rehearsals, concerts, theatrical productions, student recitals, and fully staged musicals and operas, our students take their learning from the desk to the stage. You’ll also gain a technical background in music theory, acting methods, and dance techniques to take your gifts and skills to the next level and pursue industry-related careers on top of performance. Need more information? Let us know! Fill out our .

Auditions & Scholarships

All prospective Music and Musical Theatre majors must audition for admission into the Music, Theatre & Dance department. Our programs offer both merit- and need-based awards that are designed to enhance the University’s financial aid package. To be considered for music scholarships, students interested in Music majors or minors must be complete their auditions by March 15.

To sign up for an audition time, speak with a Music or Theatre professor, or to receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact Andrea Baker, the Music program assistant, at andrea_baker@taylor.edu.

Upcoming Theatre & Dance Events

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Name of Production Performers Date/Time Location
The Seagulls 91鶹 Theatre November 3-5, 10-12 Mitchell Theatre
The Spitfire Grill Lyric Theatre February 2-4 Butz Carruth Recital Hall
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten 91鶹 Theatre February 23-25, March 1-3 Mitchell Theatre
Newsies 91鶹 Theatre April 26-28, May 3-5 Mitchell Theatre

Theatre Facilities & Equipment

91鶹 Theatre practices and performs in Mitchell Theater, a space uniquely designed for flexibility in full-length production set design. Theatre majors also have access to a black box theatre in Rupp Communication Arts Center, which they can use for small productions or theatrical exercises, and two specially equipped dance instruction spaces.

91鶹 Touring Company

The 91鶹 Touring Company takes theatre productions on the road, presenting shows at churches, schools, and businesses throughout the US and internationally. Student actors and crew gain professional experience while learning the ins and outs of touring a small-scale production. In addition to performing, the troupe members also offer specialty theatre workshops to their audiences on tour.

Production Casebooks

Students with diverse interests—such as in writing, media, history, and arts education—can gain valuable dramaturgical experience by working directly with Artistic Director Tracy Manning to create production casebooks. Presenting research, analysis, and reflections, casebooks provide supplementary materials that offer valuable insight to performers and stagehands throughout rehearsals and invite audiences into the world of the play. Check out some casebooks made for previous 91鶹 productions:

Composing Your Future

Grad Programs

Some of our Music, Theatre & Dance graduates have gone on to complete their master’s degrees at the following colleges:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Ball State University
  • Indiana University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of Michigan

Career Opportunities

No matter which Music, Theatre & Dance major you pursue, you will have a wide range of career opportunities, from music composer to performer to teacher to stage manager. The Music, Theatre & Dance department has a 96% career placement rate, and our faculty and Calling and Career Office work hard to connect students to employment and internship opportunities throughout their time at 91鶹.

Department News

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91鶹 Theatre Presents Disney’s Newsies the Musical

Apr 19, 2024

Based on the newsboy strike of 1899, Disney’s Newsies is breaking onto the 91鶹 Theatre stage to close out the 2023-2024 season.

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91鶹 Theatre Presents All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Feb 22, 2024

91鶹 Theatre presents Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten on February 23-24 and March 1 at 7:30 pm, and February 25th and March 3rd at 2 pm in Mitchell Theatre.

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Dance Program to Present Faculty Dance Concert

Nov 13, 2023

“Autumn Dances” will be held on November 17 and 18 at 7:30 in Mitchell Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or online.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Conor Angell

Department Co-Chair and Professor of Music
Lyric Theatre & Voice

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Department Chair

Reed Spencer

Department Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Music
Choral Ensembles

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Andrea Baker

Music, Theatre, & Dance Program Assistant

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Amanda Browning

Adjunt Professor of Dance

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Leon Harshenin

Professor of Music
Coordinator of Piano Studies

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Judy Kirkwood

Theatre & Film Program Assistant

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Eva Kwan

Associate Professor of Music

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Tracy Manning

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
Managing & Artistic Director of Theatre

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Loralee Songer

Assistant Professor of Music