The Musical Theater Concentration prepares students to pursue professional careers in musical theater, theater, television and film, or to pursue graduate study. The coursework provides the highest caliber of training possible within the context of a liberal arts education, so students can thrive either in a graduate conservatory program or in the profession. Through intensive and varied classes combined with experiential work in minimalist to full-scale productions, students develop the skills needed for creative communication and artistic leadership, tools they will need to pursue their professional goals. Students study with the Department of Theater and Boyer College of Music and Dance’s excellent full-time faculty as well as Visiting Instructors from the professional musical theater.
Interested incoming theater students are auditioned by the Head of Musical Theater, Director of Movement, Head of Undergraduate Acting, and the Boyer College of Music and Dance’s Head of Voice to gain entrance into the Musical Theater Concentration. The audition is rigorous and includes singing, dancing and acting. High school seniors, college freshmen, and transfer students are invited to audition for acceptance into the Musical Theater Concentration.
To enter the Musical Theater Concentration, a prospective student must audition. A student cannot be accepted into the Musical Theater Concentration without first being accepted to Temple University. Acceptance into the program is offered only to those already admitted or enrolled in Temple University.
Those who wish to pursue musical theater should contact Professor Nancy Boykin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Audition Dates (for entrance into the program in Fall 2015):
- Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00AM
- Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00AM and 1:30PM
- Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:00AM and 1:30PM
- Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 10:00AM
Please e-mail email@example.com to request an audition appointment. In your e-mail, include a request for a date and time frame(for example: "March 14 - morning").
- Two contrasting musical theater songs
- One contemporary monologue from a play (under 2 minutes)
- Picture and Resume
- Participation in a Dance Call
Those auditioning should bring sheet music, in your key, for the singing portion. An accompanist will be provided.
One should also bring appropriate dance clothes for the dance call.
Auditions are only open to high school seniors and college freshman. Any interested students who have completed more than one year of college should contact Professor Nancy Boykin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Course of Study
Students in the Musical Theater Concentration (as of the 2014-2015 school year) must complete the following curriculum in addition to the department requirements.
- Theater Foundation Courses (35 credit hours)* ^
- Theater Core Courses
- Ballet I & II
- Speech for the Actor
- Acting II
- American Musical Theater History
- Jazz I & II
- Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater
- Tap for Musical Theater
- Musical Theater Dance Techniques
- Music Core Courses (32 credit hours)
- Private Voice
- Piano for Non-Music Majors
- Music Theory I & II
- Aural Theory I
- Voice Concentration
- Choral Ensemble
- Musical Theater Scene Study
- Musical Theater Voice & Acting
- Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal
* Students are required to take only one foundation history course: History of Theater I (or) History of Theater II.
^ The 9-credit hour Required Elective Concentration for Musical Theater is fulfilled by Music Core Courses
Notes on the concentration
Prerequisite courses are required for admission into some higher-level courses.
The concentration culminates in Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal, an intensive audition and performance seminar specially designed to prepare students for the rigorous demands of auditioning for and performing in professional Musical Theater.
For a suggested four-year course of study in the Musical Theater Concentration, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.
For students who plan to transfer from other departments, schools and universities, please consult with Professor Nancy Boykin or Head of Musical Theater Peter Reynolds before applying or audition.
Graduates of the Musical Theater Concentration are already working in the professional musical theater, throughout Philadelphia, in New York, and Los Angeles. These alumni have appeared in productions at the Walnut Street Theater, Arden Theater Company, and 42th Street Moon in San Francisco, among others.
For more success stories, check out the Alumni Profiles.