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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Studying Theatre

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Legally Blonde
The Department presented Legally Blonde in April 2013.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Admission to undergraduate Major is granted by the department. Contact the department for application procedures.

The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS). The degree requires 45 credit hours and is designed for the theatre generalist. All courses must be taken with the guidance of your major advisor. The minor in Theatre consists of a minimum of 23 credit hours. In addition, a more rigorous undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), which offers multiple track programs for the performer and technician. Admission is gained through audition/portfolio interview; two auditions/portfolio reviews are held annually. The major in Dance consists of 54 credit hours, including performance, studies and activities. Dance also includes the BFA degree.

In addition, the Department offers a Master of Arts (MA). MSU is the only state university that offers the terminal degree: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre Arts, with majors in acting, musical theatre, directing, scene design, costume design, lighting design, sound design or technical direction.

An introduction from the Chair

Department Chair Paul J. Hustoles gives an introduction to the department by clicking here.

INCOMING STUDENTS: We've tried to streamline the process for you to let you know about all opportunities. This is a great place to begin your admission process. Let us know if we've missed anything.

The Department of Theatre & Dance is dedicated to two primary goals: to provide students with the highest caliber of training in theatre and dance that will allow them to create theatre of any kind at any level, and to provide the southern Minnesota region with a multifaceted, high-quality theatrical experience. These goals interweave to provide entertainment and education to those on both sides of the curtain.

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance is heavily involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Check out this year's Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations and the history of our involvement.

Program Options


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  • For information on how to arrange a visit or for more application forms to download go to the Admissions page.

    A tale of two Musical Theatre BFA students

    Jake & Callie in Legally Blonde
    At the end of their junior years, Jake McInerney and Callie Syverson found
    themselves cast as Warner and Elle in Legally Blonde.
    To cap off their
    collegiate careers, Callie was cast as Janet Van de Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone,
    but will miss the second weekend because she will be at the Kennedy Center
    Representing Region V in the American College Theatre Festival's Irene Ryan
    Acting competition, and Jake will appear in all four productions in our
    2014 Highland Summer Theatre.

    In many college theatre programs, students must wait one, two or even three years to really get involved. That's not the case at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Within the first 10 days of this year, for example, as first-year students back in the fall of 2010, Callie Syverson and Jake McInerney found themselves deep within their BFA class schedule as well as being cast in Chicago and our children's theatre touring production, Iktomi. See how excited they were! Now, in the midst of their senior years, these two have gone on to appear in lead roles. Callie has been Judy Turner in A Chorus Line, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Wendla in Spring Awakening, Eponine in Les Misérables and Maria in The Sound of Music, among others. Jake has been Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny in Phantom of the Opera, Matthew in Altar Boyz, Warner in Legally Blonde, Melchior in Spring Awakening and Enjolras in Les Misérables, among other.