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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.

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 Taylor Music or Theatre professor, or to receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact Lisa Royal, the Music program assistant, at

Scholarship Application

Composing Your Future

Grad Programs

Some of our Music, Theatre & Dance graduates have gone one 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 Taylor.

Theatre Facilities & Equipment

Taylor 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.

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 Taylor productions:

Department News

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Taylor Theatre Presents The Women of Lockerbie

Oct 20, 2021

The Women of Lockerbie will be performed in Mitchell Theatre on the Taylor University campus on October 29-31 and November 5-7. Audience members are encouraged...

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From Set to Stage: Theatre Arts Alumna Branches Out

Sep 23, 2021

For alumna Esther Neel ‘13, her experience with the Taylor Theatre Arts program opened the door to pursue what she loves professionally.

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Alumna Shares Heart for Directing Theatre

May 20, 2021

Leah Perry (‘16) is now a theatre director and teacher at her high school alma mater, Cincinnati Christian High School.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Tracy Manning

Department Co-Chair and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
Managing & Artistic Director of Theatre

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Conor Angell

Associate Professor of Music
Lyric Theatre & Voice

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Leon Harshenin

Professor of Music

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Judy Kirkwood

Theatre & Film Program Assistant

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Eva Kwan

Associate Professor of Music
Music Education

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Lisa Royal

Music Program Assistant

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Loralee Songer

Assistant Professor of Music

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Reed Spencer

Assistant Professor of Music
Choral Ensembles