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The Professional Conservatory Training Program


What is the Professional Conservatory Training Program?

This innovative two-year/two-summer certificate program emphasizes performance-based studio work.  Students choose an emphasis area in acting, dance, musical theatre or technical theatre. The program is personalized to your align with your unique personal goals.


Why choose the conservatory program at Stephens?

Our conservatory students receive accelerated and intensive training and enjoy numerous performance and production opportunities across disciplines. Here you'll be a part of a supportive network of artists and faculty and make amazing industry connections through guest actors, choreographers, directors and other theatre and dance industry professionals.


Why choose a certificate program?

Whether or not you have earned an undergraduate degree in another subject area and/or haven’t had the opportunity to hone your technical or performance skills, a conservatory certificate program — which is a non-degree, non-credit bearing program — is a highly appealing alternative to completing another degree. Admission to the certificate program will be by audition only, and will draw highly motivated, talented individuals.


What are the performance opportunities at Stephens?

Our Theatre program produces six mainstage theatrical and four studio productions each academic year. Our summer stock theatre, Okoboji Summer Theatre (OST), features nine mainstage productions (including two to three musicals) and four children’s theatre productions. Dancers enjoy performance and choreography opportunities throughout the academic year and work alongside world-renowned guest artists in intensive summer experiences. 


How do I apply?

Your application process will depend on your interest area: Dance or Theatre. To get started, contact us at [email protected] or (573) 876-7207. You can also connect with the Office of Financial Aid to learn about available grants and affordability options. 

Those interested in Theatre are also welcome to contact Professor of Theatre Rob Doyen at [email protected]


More Info 

2017-18 Tuition and Fees 

    2017-18 Tuition & Fees: $2,945
    Application Fee (non-refundable, submit with application): $50

Learn more about the School of Creative and Performing Arts.  

See our Season (2017-18) 

Learn more about Okoboji Summer Theatre.


Visit the Box Office for performance tickets


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