Theatre & Dance Program
Music, Theatre & Dance Department

Sharpening Your Craft; Engage Your Faith

The department of Music, Theatre & Dance emphasizes active learning in every program. By joining our Music and Theatre majors, you won’t just sit and study methods and theories—you’ll put them into action.

Through ensemble rehearsals, concerts, theatrical productions, student recitals, and fully staged musicals and operas, our students take their learning from the desk to the stage. You’ll also gain a technical background in music theory, acting methods, and dance techniques to take your gifts and skills to the next level and pursue industry-related careers on top of performance.

Auditions & Scholarships

All prospective Music and Musical Theatre majors must audition for admission into the Music, Theatre & Dance department. Our programs offer both merit- and need-based awards that are designed to enhance the University’s financial aid package. To be considered for music scholarships, students interested in Music majors or minors must be complete their auditions by March 15.

To sign up for an audition time, speak with a Taylor Music or Theatre professor, or to receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact Lisa Royal, the Music program assistant, at

Scholarship Application

Composing Your Future
Grad Programs

Some of our Music, Theatre & Dance graduates have gone one to complete their master’s degrees at the following colleges:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Ball State University
  • Indiana University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of Michigan
Career Opportunities

No matter which Music, Theatre & Dance major you pursue, you will have a wide range of career opportunities, from music composer to performer to teacher to stage manager. The Music, Theatre & Dance department has a 96% career placement rate, and our faculty and Calling and Career Office work hard to connect students to employment and internship opportunities throughout their time at Taylor.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Music & Theatre philosophy.

See for Yourself

Listen to Tracy Manning, Managing and Artistic Director of Theatre, describe her passion for theatre at Taylor.

Theatre Facilities & Equipment

Taylor Theatre practices and performs in Mitchell Theater, a space uniquely designed for flexibility in full-length production set design. Theatre majors also have access to a black box theatre in Rupp Communication Arts Center, which they can use for small productions or theatrical exercises, and two specially equipped dance instruction spaces.

Production Casebooks

Students with diverse interests—such as in writing, media, history, and arts education—can gain valuable dramaturgical experience by working directly with Artistic Director Tracy Manning to create production casebooks. Presenting research, analysis, and reflections, casebooks provide supplementary materials that offer valuable insight to performers and stagehands throughout rehearsals and invite audiences into the world of the play. Check out some casebooks made for previous Taylor productions:

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Taylor Theatre Presents “Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen

Feb 11, 2020

On February 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm and on March 1 and 8 at 2:00 pm, Taylor University Theatre will present a production of Henrik Ibse...

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Taylor Theatre Competes at Festival

Jan 29, 2020

Twenty-seven Taylor University theatre students were among hundreds of college and university students from throughout the Midwest who attended the Re...

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Taylor Theatre Attends Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Awards

Jan 25, 2019

Taylor University’s Theatre department took 21 students to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) 2019 Regional Festival. While...

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Taylor Theatre Presents Into the Woods

Nov 06, 2018

Taylor Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at 8:00 pm on November 9-10, and 16-17 and at 2:00 pm, November 11 and 18 i...

Department Head

Patricia Robertson

Department Chair & Professor of Music
Voice & Lyric Theatre


Reed Spencer

Assistant Professor of Music & Director of Choral Ensembles

Loralee Songer

Assistant Professor of Music

Leon Harshenin

Professor of Music

Chris Bade

Professor of Music
Woodwinds & Orchestra

Tracy Manning

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
Managing & Artistic Director of Theatre

Conor Angell

Associate Professor of Music
Lyric Theatre & Voice

Eva Kwan

Assistant Professor of Music
Music Education


Lisa Royal

Music Program Assistant

Judy Kirkwood

Program Assistant for Theatre & Film