Musical Theatre Program

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Our Mission

The Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre BFA programs develop outstanding theatre artists with the professional skills, intellectual vigor, and creative resources necessary to excel and thrive in the performing arts of the 21st century.

Our Program
and its Specialized Training

At Sam Houston State University, the strength of our program lies in it's training triple threat performers. We place equal importance in our students' ability to dance, sing and act. We have a dynamic and versatile faculty and we recognize the importance the industry places on dance and acting, therefore have built strong dance and acting components into the degree plan for musical theatre majors. We emphasize ballet and modern and offer courses in jazz and tap. Additionally, our music and theatre courses are designed to meet the specific needs of musical theatre performers in the industry.

Along with the courses included in the BFA Theatre degree such as acting, movement, voice for the actor, auditioning,  musical theatre majors receive specialized training through their History of the American Musical, Musical Theatre Workshop, Voice, Theory and Piano courses. Additionally, students participate in a regular Musical Theatre Cabaret performance.

We enjoy strong relationships with Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) and The Performing Arts Project (TPAP). SHSU musical theatre majors are given the opportunity to audition for placement in the these valuable summer training programs through a private audition. Additionally, casting director Dave Clemmons conducts audition workshops and auditions SHSU musical theatre majors in conjunction with The Performing Arts Project. Many of our students have been invited to attend these programs and receive training from professionals working in the industry.

Renowned British actor Michael York worked with many of our musical theatre majors during his three day lecture series here in the fall of 2006. We have also had the great fortune of having New York vocal coach Robert Marks, former Theatre Under the Stars Associate Artistic Director Roy Hamlin, former Artistic Director of Stages Repertory Theatre Rob Bundy, Broadway composer Georgia Stitt and former Associate Producer, Ford's Theatre Washington D.C. Mark Ramont conduct master classes for our students.

Musical Theatre Workshop

Each musical theatre major at Sam Houston participates in Musical Theatre Workshop every semester.

This course is designed to be a business practicum.

The topics covered are meant to inform students of the business aspects of being a professional performer, develop the necessary materials used in the business and solidify the skills required for a successful career in the performing arts.

Topics covered include resumes, head shots, auditions, dance combinations, monologues, vocal styles, designing business materials, researching roles, writing new musicals, and polishing audition materials.

Musical Theatre Vocal Training

Our goal is to equip our students with a palate of vocal choices appropriate for the various styles of singing found on Broadway today and to build them an audition folder that will serve them well.

Each musical theatre major is enrolled in private voice study. We want our students to be marketable in today's industry and therefore recognize the need for belt training.

Our teachers specialize in training contemporary commercial music vocal technique.

Students have the opportunity to hone their audition and musicianship skills during weekly private voice lessons, audition class, monthly Cabaret performances, master classes, workshops and Musical Theatre Ensemble.

Penelope A. HasekoesterLaura Avery
Department Chair/Professor Head of Musical Theatre
 936.294.1330  936.294.3404
 936.294.3898 (fax)  936.294.3898 (fax)

Sam Houston State University Musical Theatre 
is a proud member of the

Musical Theatre Educators Alliance


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For further information contact Dr. Laura Avery via email at

Department of Theatre & Musical Theatre
Box 2297, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2297
Phone: (936) 294-1329 | E-mail: