Theatre and Cinema at Missouri Western State University is a hands-on experience.
Whether it’s in the rehearsal hall, on-stage or on location, we put the most state-of-the-art equipment in the hands of our students.
Armed with a firm foundation of faculty instruction in the classroom, our students begin work on projects that they have conceived, written, produced and directed.
We also produce four main stage theatre productions every theatre season, which provide our students with on-stage and backstage as well as design opportunities. We also provide students with real world experiences and opportunities.
Last spring, Directing and Producing (COM 468) students traveled to Outpost Worldwide Production in Kansas City where they received a tour of the studio and facilities as well as an opportunity to work with a RED camera.
Students in the Musical Theatre class traveled to the Lied Center in Lawrence, Kansas to see a professional touring production of Fiddler on the Roof.
We also bring in visiting guest artists from around the nation to enhance the learning experiences in the department. Here is a list of the most recent guests.
Creative Director at Reign, a Kansas City-based ad agency. He has authored five books, the most recent being "Chasing the Monster Idea" which examines the characteristics shared between truly monstrous creative ideas.
Previously, he co-authored Caffeine for the Creative Team and Caffeine for the Creative Mind with Wendy Lee Oldfield, along with Redesigning Websites and Simple Websites.
Stefan visited the Scriptwriting Class to discuss creating and writing viral and commercial spots from the perspective of an advertising agency. He also talked about his latest book, “Chasing the Monster Idea.”
Co-founder of themanregistry.com, which resides in Los Angeles. The Man Registry is the web’s first wedding registry and informational resource aimed at the groom. He is also the author of “The Man Registry Groom Guide” for the Penguin Publishing Group.
Chris visited the Scriptwriting Class last spring to give a wonderful professional opportunity to the students of writing commercial spots for the themanregistry.com. These spots would be used and featured on themanregistry.com website and also regional markets. His company made final selections on which commercial scripts they would like to see completed from the (COM 468) Directing and Producing class. It was a wonderful collaborative effort and opportunity for the cinema students. The final spots turned out amazing!