UNCG’s highly competitive BFA IN MUSICAL THEATRE is an intensive, performance-based training program designed to develop skills in acting, singing, and dancing, as well as build a well-rounded and focused performer who is savvy to the business of Musical Theatre.
In the freshman and sophomore years, foundational acting skills, dance skills, and vocal studies begin immediately with classes such as Acting Studio I-IV, Voice and Movement for the Actor, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre Repertoire Class, Private Vocal Lessons, Musicianship, and Stagecrafts.
As students progress through their degree path, they receive specific and focused feedback from our professionally recognized faculty concerning their strengths and areas for growth. There is active mentorship by faculty as well as upperclassmen to guide development of young artists into working theatre artists.
The junior and senior years are focused on expanded coursework and elective opportunities. Musical Theatre Studio classes focus on skills specific to the craft, while Theatre History courses provide an overview of the development of the form. Dance technique is honed with focus on tap, contemporary, and musical theatre dance styles, while private voice study continues. Students may choose to focus on additional elective offerings such as Directing, Advanced Acting for the Camera, Playwriting, and others.
In the senior year, students prepare for a New York City showcase as an introduction to the industry—performing in front of agents, casting directors, managers, and prominent directors in NYC and beyond. An active network of working alumni in New York, Los Angeles, and other major markets provides a support system for recent graduates as they make their move into the industry.
UNCG Musical Theatre class sizes are among the smallest of any program in the country: admitting only 6-8 students per academic year so that the total Musical Theatre cohort is under 35 students. This way, MT Students at UNCG receive the highest levels of individualized attention to maximize their development. Students will work directly and immediately with primary faculty, have opportunities for stage experience right away, and have an experience really tailored to their needs. In an industry that celebrates and demands individuality… we strive to have the class size and ratios to develop and train each student as an individual.
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