Degrees Offered

Acting/Directing Faculty

Jeanine A. Howe

Maurice LaMee

Benjamin Reigel

CMU’s Acting/Directing Bachelor of Fine Arts program offers rigorous conservatory style training within a well-rounded liberal arts education at an affordable public school price. The program is designed to prepare young theatre artists for the fast-paced, challenging, and ever changing world of stage, television, film, and more. The program is led by a dynamic faculty composed of current and former Artistic Directors, Actors, Singers, Designers, and Dancers with deep connections to top industry professionals from coast to coast.

Acting/Directing students at CMU can expect a full sequence of Stanislavski-based acting classes, in addition to training in Shakespeare, voice, speech, acting for the camera, script analysis, movement, stage combat, make-up, dance, and more. Unlike many other undergraduate programs, CMU also offers students the opportunity to not only take directing classes, but also direct full productions as part of the performance season.  The program is large enough to tackle ambitious projects, and yet small and flexible enough to tailor to students’ particular needs. Classes are intimate, with a small student to faculty ratio, allowing for significant individual attention,  and each season’s productions are picked specifically for the current class of students.

Opportunities to perform begin immediately in the freshman year in any of the dozens of annual productions.

Upon completion of the program, students with a BFA from CMU will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to either gain admittance to top graduate programs, or to directly enter the profession. 

BFA Acting/Directing Program Overview, Degree Requirements and Sample Schedule

Upcoming Audition Information

Music Theatre Faculty

Jeremy R. Franklin

CMU’s Music Theatre Bachelor of Fine Arts program offers rigorous conservatory style training within a well-rounded liberal arts education at an affordable public school price. The program is designed to prepare triple threats in acting, singing of multiple styles of music, and movement in multiple styles of dance.  The program is led by a dynamic faculty composed of current and former Artistic Directors, Actors, Singers, Designers and Dancers with deep connections to top industry professionals from coast to coast.

From the moment of arrival on campus, Music Theatre students are surrounded by performance opportunities. Our six mainstage productions include two musicals, two plays, and two dance concerts. Additional performances include our Bravo Cabaret Series, student-directed projects in our Experimental Theatre and our traveling CCM group Mesa OutLoud!

Music Theatre students develop all disciplines of performance in an intimate and rigorous setting.  Individuality and versatility are at the heart of all acting courses (from contemporary to Shakespeare), vocal studies (including jazz, pop, and rock) and dance classes (jazz, tap, and hip hop).

BFA Music Theatre Program Overview, Degree Requirements and Sample Schedule

Upcoming Audition Information

Dance Faculty

Meredith Lyons

Amanda Benzin

At CMU we believe that the stage is one of the most valuable classrooms, and that often the best way to learn is to do. Each year, the dance program produces two main stage concerts and our student organization, Dance Society, produces two student-run concerts. In addition, our dancers are encouraged to audition for the musicals produced by the Department of Theatre Arts and performances by local organizations.

Guest Artist Program

• At least one guest teacher/choreographer is brought in per semester.

A Curriculum that Produces Well-Rounded Performers

Opportunities Abound

• Dance majors travel regularly to the regional American College Dance Association conference.

• Students at all levels have opportunities to choreograph.

• Multiple performance opportunities are available including main stage dance concerts, student directed concerts and CMU’s dance team, the Mavettes.

BFA Dance Program Overview, Degree Requirements and Sample Schedule

Dance Minor Information

Upcoming Audition Information

Dance Program Information:

Meredith Lyons
mlyons@coloradomesa.edu

Design/Technology Faculty

Michael Legate

Jill Van Brussel

Matthew Schlief

At Colorado Mesa University, we cultivate daring artistic and scholarly pioneers poised to be the luminaries our industry demands. CMU strives to promote an environment where students exist as an ensemble of artists, creating work together, in active support of each other.

Versatility

• Ours is an intimate and rigorous program. Individual treatment is at the core of our operations, with a specific focus to making students the best version of themselves that they can be.

• This program accentuates absolute involvement and immersion in our seasons. This deep involvement within a production process prepares students for the rigors and demands of producing theatre well beyond the walls of CMU.

State-of-the-Art

• At CMU, we have a marvelous multi-level costume construction and design facility, a spacious scenic construction area, a robust and fully rigged proscenium space, and a black box theatre.

BA Design/Technology Program Overview, Degree Requirements and Sample Schedule

Upcoming Audition Information

The Department of Theatre Arts offers one of the most successful theatre training degree programs in Colorado. Theatre Arts majors choose from two distinct concentrations in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts (Acting/Directing or Music Theatre), two concentrations of the BA (Theatre Arts or Design/Technology) or the BFA in Dance and acquire a sound understanding of the performing arts in state-of-the-art facilities.

The Bachelor of Arts’ primary goal is to encourage general theatre studies for students who may be interested in theatrical careers outside of performance or design/technology, such as producing, arts administration, teaching, dramaturgy, and playwriting. Beginning with the first semester, students follow a curriculum that offers a grounding in the fundamentals while allowing the flexibility to focus or move between dance, theatre, musical theatre or design/technical theatre options. 

Colorado Mesa is strategically located at the hub of a circle of important entertainment centers such as Aspen, Telluride, Moab, and Park City, Utah. There are regional theatres of international repute within driving distance, such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. At Colorado Mesa, we are committed to the philosophy of training theatrical entrepreneurs. We offer low teacher-to-student ratios so that personal attention and mentoring are possible. Our many graduates in the industry have informed us that Colorado Mesa´s approach was invaluable.

BA General Theatre Program Overview, Degree Requirements and Sample Schedule

General Theatre Minor Information

Communication Studies Faculty

Holly Buglewicz

Paula Casey

DeArtha Chambers

Nicole Grider

The communication studies minor offers a broad range of courses focusing on human communication behaviors and is designed to complement any major. The coursework is designed to improve oral message sending and relational communication skills. 

In a global survey of industries, companies, and public organizations, communication skills ranked FIRST among the personal qualities of college graduates sought by employers. Enhance your résumé — a communication studies minor gives you communication credibility to open many doors.

Enhance your interpersonal relationships, gain valuable conflict resolution and leadership skills, win arguments, discover the power of persuasion, speak out publicly, use nonverbal and visual communication, and be able to do it all in an increasingly connected, diverse global society.

Communication Studies Minor Information

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