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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


Oct 11, 2016
Wright State-affiliated speakers will address a variety of topics including the re-development of musical theatre, fitness, modern library transformation and LGBTQ advocacy.
Feb 15, 2016
Jason Robert Brown will perform in concert on Feb. 25 at the Victoria Theatre and discuss his work with Wright State students on Feb. 26 in the Creative Arts Center.
Jan 8, 2016
Joe Deer, distinguished professor of musical theatre, wins the 2016 Governor's Award for the Arts in Ohio for Arts Education.
Dec 1, 2015
Excerpt Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal, one of the finest pop/rock voices in contemporary musical theatre who garnered acclaim in Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Rent,” will perform a special acoustic concert Wednesday, Dec. 2 at …
Nov 16, 2015
Kristin Sobolik, dean of Wright State’s College of Liberal Arts, talks about the modernization and expansion of the Creative Arts Center, home of the university’s performing and fine arts programs. The CAC project includes renovating existing classrooms, studio spaces, labs …
Oct 9, 2015
Wright State theatre students will work alongside Broadway stars and master teachers during "Musicals Rock," a yearlong celebration of contemporary musical theatre.
Jan 23, 2015
Wright State performing arts students received coaching and encouragement from Broadway star Leslie Uggams during her inspiring visit to campus.
Jan 22, 2015
Excerpt Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams will share her insights and talents with students of the Wright State University Musical Theatre Program today and tomorrow, January 22-23 in Dayton, Ohio. Uggams will become the first major …
Jan 20, 2015
Excerpt “Leslie Uggams embodies so much of what Wright State University’s theater department values,” said Joe Deer, WSU musical theater professor and director of the Musical Theatre Initiative who appeared with Uggams in “Anything Goes.” “Leslie is an incredible entertainer, …
Jan 6, 2015
Actress and singer Leslie Uggams will work with Wright State students and perform in concert as a visiting artist of the university’s Musical Theatre Initiative.


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