The BFA in Musical Theatre is designed to provide pre-professional training within a liberal arts education. This interdisciplinary option requires course work in dance, music and theatre. In addition, all musical theatre students complete a strong core of liberal arts courses. Curriculum and performance opportunities are designed to prepare students for careers in musical theatre and/or advanced training at the graduate level. Students are evaluated each semester through vocal and performance juries and rigorous classroom experiences.
The Musical Theatre Option requires 85 semester hours of credit. Thirty-two (32) hours are dedicated to Departmental core curriculum. In addition, fifty-three (53) hours focus on advanced courses in acting, dance and music. Students receive instruction in voice along with an accompanying master class, several courses focusing on musicianship skills (sight singing, piano, ensemble singing, etc.), various levels of acting (including courses that focus specifically on the singing actor) and all applicable styles of dance with the genre of musical theatre. Musical Theatre Option students must pass a voice and performance jury each semester including the senior year. All seniors have the opportunity to audition for the New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago Showcases.
Discovery New Musical Festival
Theatre Mission and Objectives
Graduate Success: Performance
Freshman 2011 Showcase video 1
Freshman 2011 Showcase video 2
Freshman 2011 Showcase video 3
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