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Kelli O’Hara Master Class

On March 29th, Western Connecticut State University was honored to have Emmy, Grammy nominee and Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara offer a Master Class as part of our Transition Workshop for BFA Musical Theatre and BA Performance seniors. Thank you, Kelli!


Andréa Burns Master Class

Graduated BFA Musical Theatre and BA Performance seniors had the opportunity to work with Drama Desk Winner Andréa Burns in an exciting Master Class. Thanks Andréa, as always!


Department of Theatre Arts Wins Six BroadwayWorld 2021 Connecticut Awards!


Awards include Best Streaming Musical for “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical”, Best Direction of a Streaming Musical (Tim Howard, “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical”), and more! Check out the full list at the link below!

Sophomore Theatre Performance major Tina Vlamis was featured in a Refinery29 article about her new Tik Tok fame!

Tina Vlamis (left) has recently found fame on the social media platform Tik Tok with more than 20,000 followers and videos reaching over a million people. Tina was recently featured in Animal Farm directed by Tony Cochrane and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui directed by Pam McDaniel. To read the full article, click the link!

Scott Wise’s Tap Class in conversation with Choreographer and four-time Tony Award nominee, Randy Skinner.  


















Please join us in congratulating WCSU Department of Theatre’s graduating seniors. By clicking on the link or pictures below, you’ll be able to view our virtual Senior Showcase. This provided an opportunity to some of Broadway’s top agents and casting directors to see the talent and skill of our graduating seniors.

WCSU 2020 Senior Showcase

Directed by Tim Howard

Music Direction by Dr. Justin P. Cowan













The national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical is stopping in Hartford, featuring WCSU Musical Theatre alum Jared Starkey! Check out this article to learn more about Jared and the show. Congratulations Jared!…/musical-dr-seuss-how-the-grinch-…

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical


WCSU captures multiple KCACTF awards at regional event

image of WCSU's KCACTF award winners

WCSU captures multiple KCACTF awards at regional event

WCSU continues our winning streak, with individual students taking home 6 awards in Musical Theatre Excellence, Acting, Dramaturgy, Stage Management and Allied Crafts and Design

Pop Rock Masterclass with Sheri Sanders, founder of Rock the Audition, Fall 2018


Director of BFA Musical Theatre program Tim Howard with 2018 NYC Senior Showcase for Broadway and Film Agents and Casting Directors


Tony Award winner Cady Huffman in conversation with students in Introduction to Drama, fall 2018.

Private screening of Shuffle Along.

Donald P. Gagnon (professor) and Theatre Arts students (Carter Smith, Ryan Rappaport, Francesca Saccomagno, Michelle Shapiro, Serena Kelly, and Kelsey Lepesko) in the Musical Theatre History course, Fall 2018, at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts for a private screening of Shuffle Along.


WCSU Theatre Students Present Research

WCSU Theatre majors presented their scholarly research at the Central Connecticut State University Undergraduate English Conference on October 5, at CCSU in New Britain.  This is the first full group of theatre majors invited to the conference from WCSU. 

“As a group, these students did work that is as fine–scholarly, clearly written, and maturely presented–as any group of students I’ve seen at the conference over the years. They exemplify the kind of academic excellence, as well as performing excellence, that we are pleased to claim in the WCSU theatre arts department,” said Dr. Donald Gagnon, professor and sponsor. 



WCSU’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” picks up 11 Kennedy Center American College Festival national awards.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” earned 11 national awards from the KCACTF judges and an invitation for the director, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Tim Howard and student Jillian Caillouette, of Meriden, to attend the national KCACTF festival 2017 in Washington, D.C.  Read all about it here.

Western Connecticut State University has earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The NAST Commission on Accreditation notification of the university’s acceptance for association membership, received in March 2017, marked the successful completion of a process that began with the WCSU submission of its accreditation application in fall 2014.  Read more…

WCSU theatre arts department awarded highest honors at Kennedy Center national festival in Washington

Western Connecticut State University’s fall 2015 theatre arts production, “Parade,” was nominated for 14 national awards and won five, including “Outstanding Production of a Musical,” Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical,” “Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Musical,” “Best Director of a Musical” and “Outstanding Choreography” at the American College Theatre Festival(KCACTF) held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. These honors represent the most awards WCSU has ever received for a production, and also the biggest sweep of awards at the American College Theatre Festival. [Read More … ]

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New Visual and Performing Arts Center is Now Open!

The newest emerging star on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University held its Gala Opening on Sunday, September 28 to a crowd of over 500 alumni, family, friends, faculty, staff and students. For more information, click here.

‘Bye to Berkshire’

It was the final act for the Berkshire Theatre – the home of hundreds of pro – ductions and the starting point of thou – sands of theater careers. On May 3, more than 200 faculty, students and graduates bid farewell to the stage that for nearly a half century showcased their talents and brought their dreams to reality.

Kennedy Center shines spotlight on WCSU theatre arts department

WCSU sent 75 students and seven faculty members to Massachusetts to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s (KCACTF) regional festival in Fitchburg, Mass in late January.

Musical theatre degree first in state