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Academic Program

The Theatre department offers four major emphases, including General Theatre, Musical Theatre, Speech and Theatre Education, and Drama Ministry, as well as a General Theatre minor.

Students who complete the degree requirements can expect to achieve the objectives of the program:

  • develop an appreciation for and knowledge of several areas of theatre including stage movement, vocal training, acting, dancing, stagecraft, design, directing, playwriting, theatre history, and script analysis (Academic);
  • acquire experience in performance and technical theatre and develop a strong work ethic that prepares them for postgraduate education or successful professional employment (Vocational);
  • recognize the human desire for creativity instilled by God and be able to apply a Christian worldview to the tasks of reading, writing, interpreting, and performing drama (Christian);
  • cultivate an appreciation for our nation's invaluable liberties, which are guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, particularly the freedom of expression available to those in the performing arts (Patriotic);
  • develop an appreciation for the performing arts, their collaborative processes, and their positive contributions in both historical and contemporary society (Cultural). 

The Theatre department develops four productions per year including at least one major musical, which is usually presented in the spring. All students are welcome to participate in these productions. There are many opportunities for students to become actively involved in all aspects of the art of theatre, including acting, singing, dancing, directing, choreography, sound and light design, stage management, costuming, and makeup.

In addition to the main stage productions presented in the Jones Auditorium, student directors present a number of showcase productions in the intimate James L. Meikle Crossover Theatre. Participation in the Theatre program is open to all students on either a voluntary or credit-hour basis.


Lisa Young, B.P. A.; M. A. , Associate Professor of Theatre 417-690-2330

Mark Young, B. F. A. ; M. F. A. , Professor of Theatre  417-690-2466

Gregg Busch, B.A; M.M., Assistant Professor of Music and Theatre 417-690-3260


College of the Ozark students performing a live stage play in an auditorium

The Theatre department utilizes two performing spaces: the Jones Auditorium and the James L. Meikle Crossover Theatre.

The Jones Auditorium is a fully equipped facility for dramatic and musical productions. The 900 seat auditorium includes balcony and orchestra seating and has a full-fly loft, large wing space, cyclorama, large dressing rooms, and costume shop.

The James L. Meikle Crossover Theatre is located under the main stage and seats 65. Operating on an independent lighting system, the Crossover Theatre provides student directors and actors a place to learn and perform their craft.

Work Program

The College's Work Education program assigns approximately 16 students to the Jones Theatre company. The student workers participate in all aspects of theatre production including lighting, costume alterations, and constructing scenery. Company members also work within the department in such areas as artistic administration.


The College of the Ozarks Theatre program emphasizes preparation for graduate school and professional experiences. Career choices open to a theatre graduate include professional stage work, backstage production work, theatre management, radio, television,and film.

Located just a few miles south of Branson, Missouri, the department is easily accessible to over 40 professional theatres, providing many internships and related work opportunities.

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