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Start small and go big.

The Theatre & Dance Program supports the broader NKU vision by being a preeminent metropolitan center for excellence in both theatre arts curriculum and production.

As the largest theatre and dance program in the state of Kentucky, we pride ourselves in the up close and personal mentorship found in smaller programs. As an integral part of a liberal arts university, we are learner-centered, helping students to become successful artists within an increasingly global society.

Our program seeks to create artists who have a strong foundation in theatre and dance skills while also allowing them to explore and specialize in areas of their interest and passion. We focus upon artistic process, which serves as a necessary pathway to product and thus emphasizes the full integration of educational values and artistic creativity.

Our students become professionals in their art and use art in their professions.

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Our programs are ideally suited to those who aspire to:

  • Perform, design, or work as a professional artist throughout the United States and world.
  • Develop an Artistic Aesthetic and Professional Voice.
  • Cultivate a Global Identity through international study and the exploration of culture.
  • Develop foundational skills in arts research, critical thinking, communication, and professional practices in theatre and dance.
  • Work both independently and as part of a team to solve complex problems and create noteworthy content
  • Utilize arts training to enrich their work as entrepreneurs, educators, community members, and leaders.

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Auditions & Scholarships

All the information you need for BFA Program Auditions and Theatre & Dance Program Scholarships. 

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Student Orgs & Activities

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Study Abroad

Explore dance and theatre around the world. 

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Kayla Pecchioni

Kayla Pecchioni

Graduating Year: 2014

Education: BFA in Theatre Performance – Musical Theatre Track

Career: Professional Actress on Broadway

What they do: currently performing in the new Broadway musical, Some Like It Hot

Necessary job skills: strong acting, singing, and dancing technique, creativity, strong work ethic, ability to work alone and collaboratively with others, persistence, and a positive attitude.

Career Path: community and semi-professional theatre, regional theatre, cruise lines, national tours, and Broadway 

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