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Theatre Degrees

Welcome to the College of the Ozarks Theatre Department! Our Theatre department offers theatre courses that focus on four major areas of emphasis, including General Theatre, Musical Theatre, Speech and Theatre Education, and Drama Ministry, as well as a General Theatre minor. Our program allows students to earn the following degrees:


  • Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Drama Ministry Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Drama Ministry Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Music Theater
  • Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Music Theater
  • Bachelor of Science with a General emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts with a General emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Theater Major/Secondary Education Major
  • Bachelor of Science with a Theater Major/Secondary Education Major
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Speech and Theatre Education emphasis
  • Bachelor of Science with a Speech and Theatre Education emphasis
  • Bachelor of Science with a Speech and Theatre Education emphasis


Students who complete the degree requirements achieve the academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural 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 C of O 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 enrolled in musical theater courses and college-level acting courses 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


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.

Student Groups

The student group affiliated with the College of the Ozarks program is the Act One Collegiate Players.

Departmental Activities and News

Any important dates associated with the program, they will be noted below.

Upcoming Shows

Music, book & story by Steve Martin

Music, lyrics & story by Edie Brickell

Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway's Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American south in the 1920s and '40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past - and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

Bright Star is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. (866) 387-9758.

Show Dates

March 7th, 8th & 9th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

March 10th, 2019 at 2:30 pm

March 11th, 2019 is a student convocation at 7:00 pm

Jones Auditorium


Please call the box office at 417-690-2626 for ticket reservations.


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