Geoff Stephenson

Courses Taught:

  • Musical Theatre History
  • Voice Class for Musical Theatre Freshman
  • Applied Voice
  • Seminar in Cabaret Performance
  • Introduction to Performance Studies
  • Arts BG
  • Acting Principles
  • Introduction to Theatre

Institutions/Professional Companies with which Dr. Stephenson has worked:

  • National Association for Music Education
  • Ohio Music Educators Association
  • Actors Equity Association
  • Billy Elliot National Broadway Tour
  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
  • Porthouse Theatre
  • Huron Playhouse

Dr. Stephenson is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of applied voice, and musical theatre history and literature. Having received his Ph.D. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University, Dr. Stephenson served 2004-05 as Interim Director of Music Theatre Performance at Western Michigan University.  He holds a Master's degree in music education from BGSU, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre performance from Kent State University. Dr. Stephenson spent 10 years in the musical theatre industry before returning to a career in education, and has taught vocal music at every level of the public education system, as well as some professional venues such as vocal coach for the boys on the Broadway National tour of Billy Elliot: The Musical.

In addition to directing and performing here at BGSU, Dr. Stephenson also maintains a career as a professional actor and director, and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.  He has served as a director and consultant on musicals at many Ohio high schools such as Otsego, and Kettering-Fairmont in Dayton, and continues to conduct high school and college level workshops in musical theatre performance.  He has also presented on vocal performance in high school musicals at the Indiana and Ohio Music Educators conferences and is a regular presenter at Ohio Thespian regional conferences.

Dr. Stephenson earned regional and national recognition, winning the Mark Twain Comedy Award at the 2001 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. He has worked in virtually every aspect of the theatre and has performed many roles with companies in New York City, Chicago, Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and Ohio.  From 1992-2012, Dr. Stephenson has enjoyed 20 seasons of performing, directing, and choreographing for the Department of Theatre and Film's summer theatre program, the Huron Playhouse.