Musical Theater

The Concentration in Musical Theater began in the Fall of 2008. Excitement about the budding new program has been rapidly increasing since its inception. Students study with the Department of Theater'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 and a representative from Acting 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.

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A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line, 2012

Audition Information

New Musical Theater concentration students are accepted only in the fall semester.

Auditions for the 2015-2016 school year will be held:

Please e-mail nboykin@temple.edu to request an audition appointment. In your e-mail, include whether you prefer the morning or afternoon session on the audition date you selected (for example: "March 14 - morning").


Audition Requirements

Please Note: A student cannot be accepted into the Musical Theater Concentration without first being accepted to Temple University.

For More Information

Please contact the Assistant for Musical Theater, Nancy Boykin at 215-204-1428 or nboykin@temple.edu or visit the Temple University Undergraduate Admissions page.

Recent Guest Artists

Melvin Abston
Melvin Abston
Broadway, TV, & Film Actor
Michael Berresse
Michael Berresse
Broadway Actor and Director
Michael Cassara
Michael Cassara
Casting Director, Director, and Producer
Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Broadway Director
Marc Kudish
Marc Kudish
Broadway Actor
Kingsley Leggs
Kingsley Leggs
Broadway's The Color Purple and Sister Act
John McDaniel
John McDaniel
Conductor, Composer, Orchestrator, Record Producer
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Broadway Composing Team
Hollis Resnik
Hollis Resnik
Award-winning actor and singer
Farah Alvin
Farah Alvin
Broadway Actor
Jeff Bowen
Jeff Bowen
Composer, Lyricist, Actor
Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook
Renowned Broadway Actor & Singer
David Garrison
David Garrison
Broadway Actor
Baayork Lee
Baayork Lee
Broadway Actor, Choreographer, Director
Forrest McClendon
Forrest McClendon
Broadway Actor
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Broadway and Film Actor
Charity Wicks and Billy Porter
Charity Wicks & Billy Porter
Broadway Musical Director & Broadway Actor
Urinetown
Urinetown, 2011

Course of Study

The B.A. degree in Theater with a Musical Theater Concentration will be awarded to students who complete the following requirements:

  1. Graduation requirements of Temple University, including successful completion of the University Core Curriculum
  2. Completion of the following required Theater requirements with a grade of "C" or better in each course:
Required Courses - All Theater Majors
Course Number Course Name
1003 Creativity: Basic (3 s.h.)
1096 Introduction to Theater Process (3 s.h.)
1231 Acting I (3 s.h.)
1411 Welcome Backstage
2411 Introduction to Design (3 s.h.)
3001 Theater History I (3 s.h.)
3002 Theater History II (3 s.h.)
4097 World of the Play (3 s.h.)
1087/1187 Production Practicum (1 s.h. per every semester student is a full-time Theater major)
Required Courses - University Electives
Category Courses
Art History: Elective
Elective: Non-Dramatic Literature (3 s.h.)
(3) Electives: any of the Arts or Liberal Arts
Required Courses - Musical Theater Concentration
Course Number Course Name
2131 Music Theory/Sightsinging: Basic
2231 Speech for the Actor
2261 Acting II
3132 Musical Theater Voice & Acting
3012 American Musical Theater History
3279 Acting III
4131 Musical Theater Scene Study
4132 Senior Cabaret Workshop
4133 Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal
2101 Ballet I for Mus. Thea.
2121 Ballet II for Mus. Thea.
3101 Jazz I for Mus. Thea.
3121 Jazz II for Mus. Thea.
4101 Tap for Mus. Thea.
4121 Musical Theater Dance Techniques
Additionally: Vocal Instruction every semester you are a Musical Theater Concentration student. See MU 1256, MU 1257, MU 1258, and MU 1259.

For more information about the degree requirements, visit the Musical Theater Concentration section of the Temple University Undergraduate Bulletin.

Additional Workshops & Seminars

Throughout the Musical Theater Concentration student's 4 years of study, workshops and seminars are made available featuring Musical Theater professionals from New York City and Philadelphia.

Musical Productions

To support the Musical Theater Concentration, Temple Theaters will produce an annual musical, either in the Fall or Spring semester. A small scale musical or cabaret (with minimal departmental financial support) featuring Musical Theater Concentration students will be produced in the alternate semester.

Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening, 2012

proud member of:

National Alliance for Musical Theatre