Courses in Theatre contribute to the Speech/Theatre Minor, the General Education menu and the Mass Com degree programs.

Central State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Title III present

To Be Young Gifted and Black

by Lorraine Hansberry - Featuring the music of Aretha Franklin - Directed by John Fleming, Music Director Dr. Kathleen Allen, Musician Tucki Bailey

Virtual Presentation

Below please see a link to a custom online video edition of the 2020 Spring Musical - based on Lorraine Hansberry's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" - that was planned to take place in the Robeson Auditorium on April 2. Due to our current viral crisis in this country the performance could not take place as scheduled.

Presenting TBY-Virtual Click Here

link to Virtual Presentation video hosted on Google Drive

Poster (PDF)

Original Promotional Video


Each semester, Students in Theatre courses write, cast, stage and direct a play at our Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center, to community-wide acclaim. We appreciate the importance of Theatre Arts and intend to grow the Theatre program. Our students in Theatre and English classes have access to programs at the Victoria Theatre, Dayton’s historic and premier arts organization. In any post-baccalaureate plan, faculty mentors and the Career Services Center provide support.


Theatre courses enrich the B.A. or B.S. degree in any discipline and prepare students with important communication, public speaking, organizational and leadership skills.


For all majors we suggest you complete four years of high school English and two years of a second language. We encourage your enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and will negotiate credit, placement or exemption for AP scores of 3 (qualified) or higher in the following subjects: Chinese Language and Culture, English Language, English Literature, European History, French Language, French Literature, Spanish Language, World History, and U.S. History.

Dr. G. Jahwara Giddings
Humanities Department Chairperson