Ohio University

Athens, OH

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Performing Arts Profile

Transform the world

Ohio University is a leading incubator, a collaborative and experiential trailblazer, and a launchpad for successful and impactful careers in the performing arts and beyond. Our students partner with world-class faculty to produce collaborative and solo works, performing on stages big and small with community impact. From dance to stage craft, production design to music performance, our students find the supportive community and mentorship they need to step into the future. 

At OHIO, you’ll learn from acclaimed artists and accomplished professionals who teach because sharing their ideas and techniques with talented students inspires them. Our faculty have performed and designed on the world’s greatest stages, published creative and scholarly research, served as leaders with international arts organizations, and worked for major performing arts organizations. Their mentorship will help you hone your skills and make connections across creative industries. 

With hundreds of performances, lectures, and exhibitions throughout the year, you’ll also find many opportunities to share your talents with the community. Visiting professionals share their insights and talents to further the atmosphere of continuous collaboration and skill development.

Tucked into the rolling hills of scenic southeastern Ohio, the University has earned a reputation for its rich educational tradition and outstanding academic programs. The idyllic beauty of the region is enhanced by the deep and varied tradition of arts, creating an exciting and culturally rich community. It’s no wonder that Athens was named one of the best small art towns in America. 

We prepare students for lifelong careers as performers, composers, choreographers, thinkers, creators, and leaders, delivering a student experience as transformative as art itself.

Emphasizing scholarly and creative research alongside real-world application in the form of internships on campus and around the world, our innovative programs reflect contemporary practices that are responsive to the dynamic field of the visual arts, design, film, and media arts, preparing students for enduring careers.



Ranked #1 Best Value Public University | U.S. News & World Report


92% of Fine Arts alumni reporting that their OHIO education prepared them for success in the 21st century


Nearly 100% placement for Music Therapy and Music Education majors year after year


Athens is rated the #1 Best College Town in Ohio | Far & Wide

Performing Arts Programs at OHIO

Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts enrollment has grown by almost 50% over the last five years as its innovative programs continue to attract students from around the world and prepare them for lifelong careers as makers, creators, and leaders.

• Composition
• Music Education
• Music Therapy
• Performance 

• Performance: Acting & Musical Theater
• Playwriting
• Production Design & Technology
• Stage Management

• Performance & Choreography

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Sometimes during rehearsal, I'll just look up and smile because of the music we are creating.”

    • Briana Crippen
      Double major: BA Music and BS Preprofessional Biological Sciences, Class of 2022
  • “Everything fell into place with the School of Music. It truly felt like home. Coming to Ohio University was the best decision I’ve made! The School of Music faculty come from diverse perspectives, but they all have the same goal: to make us the best musicians and professionals that we can be.”

    • Peyson Weekley
      BA Music, Honors Tutorial College, Class of 2022
  • “I came here craving the escape acting provided by allowing me to be someone else. I have found who I am through the training and will never want to be anyone else. No other program, professors, or studio mates could have fundamentally changed me for the better as this one has—I know that for a fact.”

    • Camila Benencia Courreges
      BFA Acting , Class of 2019