The Musical Theater Concentration prepares students to pursue performance careers in musical theater, theater, television, and film. 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 world. With an intense curriculum of music, dance, and acting, students in this program develop the expertise to become well-rounded performers. With experiential work on large-scale musicals, minimally-produced productions, and staged-reading of new work, students learn professional skills that essential to success in the field.
Students and alumni of the Musical Theater Concentration have appeared on the stages of Philadelphia’s top theaters, including the Walnut Street Theater and the Arden Theater Company. Graduates of the program are working professionally in Philadelphia New York, and Los Angeles.
"A unique benefit of teaching at Temple and being in Philadelphia is my access/connection as both a performer and choreographer to professional venues, casting agents, and freelance artists in this thriving Theatre community. I constantly use my networking contacts to help provide auditions, internships, and job opportunities for our students."
—Maggie Anderson, Assistant Professor of Musical Theater/Dance & Movement
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.
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. Information on requirements and dates can be found under Theater Admissions.
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's requirements.
Ballet I & II
Speech for the Actor
American Musical Theater History
Jazz I & II
Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater
Tap for Musical Theater
Musical Theater Dance Techniques
Piano for Non-Music Majors
Music Theory I & II
Aural Theory I
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.
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 the field.
For a suggested four-year course of study in the Musical Theater Concentration, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.
For students who plan transfer from other departments, schools and universities, please consult with Professor Nancy Boykin or Head of Musical Theater, Peter Reynolds before applying or auditioning.
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 Alumni News.