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

Dance at Colorado Mesa University is thriving with an array of dance styles, performance opportunities and travel. Modern, jazz, ballet and tap are offered from beginning to professional levels. Other courses include composition, improvisation, repertory performance, pedagogy, history, lighting, critical analysis, rhythmic analysis and the healthy dancer.

The faculty members have professional backgrounds in all forms of dance and music theatre. With two formal concerts and two informal concerts each year, Colorado Mesa University provides students with a chance to choreograph original works and to dance for and with visiting guest artists from the professional dance world.

Colorado Mesa dance students travel throughout the United States to share the art of dance with other universities and colleges. Dance at CMU features classes with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement from challenging professors. It is a place where dancers can establish lifelong relationships as they strive for excellence in the art of dance.

The Dance program at Colorado Mesa University has experienced explosive growth both in interest and participation in recent years. The program receives immense support from the community and is complemented by several brand new facilities in the university's performing arts complex, including a beautiful, state-of-the-art dance studio which was completed in the fall of 2009.

The dance concentration at Colorado Mesa University is designed to prepare students in a wide range of dance disciplines. While maintaining the foundation training of ballet and modern, the program emphasizes the many styles of jazz and tap for those with an eye on a career in the professional world of dance.

Curriculum provides courses in the background and understanding of dance forms, the creative process and the application at performance level.

Small Class Sizes
• Most classes have a limit of twenty students per class

Guest Artist Program
• At least one guest teacher/choreographer per semester

A Curriculum That Produces Well-Rounded Performers
• Attend core classes in ballet, modern, jazz and tap
• Additional opportunities in hip hop, ballroom and improvisation
• Academic courses in Dance History, Music, Choreography, Dancer Health and Pedagogy

An Emphasis on Professionalism
• Full-time faculty members hold MFA degrees in dance and have had professional careers in the field of dance

Travel Opportunities
• Regular travel to the regional American College Dance Festival
• Past students have taken group trips to major dance hubs, such as in New York City and Las Vegas

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

The Design/Technology Theatre degree and recommended course of study exposes students to multiple areas of the visual and technical aspects of Theatre including Costume Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design and Theatre Technology.

The first year is centered around courses that develop aesthetic sensitivity and technical proficiency. Subsequent years are devoted to specialized studio work in the students chosen area of concentration.

Course work focuses on functional, expressive, and compositional aspects of design. This foundation is supported by a series of skill related classes in drafting, drawing, and rendering techniques, model making, projection aesthetics, lighting console operation, and related technologies. Costume skills classes include costume construction and fitting, fabric painting and fabric dyeing. The program culminates in a final design project during the fourth year.

Students are always involved in the many Theatre Department shows and this production work allows for a controlled, supervised application of course work. The Design faculty emphasizes performance labs to apply and refine the Tech students skills in planning and executing production design in a variety of styles and performance spaces.

Personalized instruction and supervised "hands-on" design experiences that stretch from designs on paper to fully realized productions provide the Colorado Mesa University Design/Technology major with exciting challenges and skills that will be a basis for success in Graduate studies or the professional Theatre workplace.

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. In a survey of 480 companies and public organizations, communication skills ranked first among the personal qualities of college graduates sought by employers. The coursework is designed to improve oral message sending and relational communication skills. You will study presentation skills, conflict resolution, leadership and nonverbal and intercultural communication, important skills in our global society.

Communication Studies Minor Information

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