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Musical Theatre Initiative

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About the Musical Theatre Initiative (MTI)

The Musical Theatre Initiative (MTI) at Wright State University celebrates and explores the history, culture, and craft of the musical theatre through guest artist residencies, concert performances and international conferences.


Joe Deer, director

Past Events

Jason Robert Brown, February 2016

Writing the Musical

Leslie Uggams, January 2015

Interpreting the Lyrics If He Walked Into My Life
Sharing the Process Children Will Listen
The Art Show Featurette

Student Soloists

Abby Murray Vachon, Mister Right
Alyson Snyder, The Man That Got Away
Cassi Mikat, Everybody Sing
Jasmine Easler, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
Katie Momenee, Too Late Now
Kelsey Pohl, Down with Love
Mimi Klipstine, I Get a Kick Out of You


Mar 17, 2023
Featuring its largest musical ensemble and an onstage orchestra, Wright State Theatre will present “On the Town” from March 17 to April 8 in the Festival Playhouse.
Mar 13, 2018
The annual Wright State University ArtsGala, which has raised more than $2.5 million for arts scholarships during its 18-year history, is scheduled for Saturday, March 24.
Nov 20, 2017
Jack Viertel will give a talk on his bestselling book, "The Secret Life of the American Musical," and participate in an interview and discussion with Joe Deer, director of Wright State's Musical Theatre Initiative.
Oct 24, 2017
Five highly successful graduates of Wright State's theatre and motion pictures programs returned to campus for a day of workshops with current performing arts students.
Apr 21, 2017
When it comes to the craft of theater, not everything can be learned in a classroom. There’s a long history of theater professionals sharing their knowledge with younger generations. At Wright State University, the Musical Theatre Initiative continues that tradition …
Apr 13, 2017
Linda Caron has a wealth of experience and has been instrumental in the growth of the College of Liberal Arts — in facilities, events and programs.
Apr 11, 2017
Fine and performing arts students displayed their rich talents throughout the newly renovated Creative Arts Center, and guests were treated to a breathtaking array of performances.
Feb 21, 2017
Wright State’s Musical Theatre Initiative and Human Race Theatre will sponsor the master class on Feb. 24.
Oct 19, 2016
Tony Walton will discuss his career working on Broadway and in Hollywood during a special visit to Wright State University on Nov. 2.
Oct 17, 2016
Spring's annual ArtsGala may get all the headlines but Wright State's performing arts students love participating in December's ArtsFair.


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