Musical Theatre Program
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.
At Sam Houston State University, we pride ourselves on 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 offer courses in jazz, modern and tap. Additionally, our music and theatre courses are designed to meet the specific needs of musical theatre performers in the industry.
Along with receiving the same education as a straight theatre major our musical theatre students receive speech classes, auditioning classes, and specialized musical theatre classes such as History of the American Musical, Musical Theatre Workshop, Voice, Theory and Piano. Additionally, students participate in a regular Musical Theatre Cabaret performance.
We have, for many years, enjoyed a strong relationship with Broadway Theatre Project. SHSU students are given the opportunity to audition for placement in the Broadway Theatre Project summer training program in a private Broadway Theatre Project audition. Additionally, Dave Clemmons of Dave Clemmons Casting 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.
Sam Houston State University Musical Theatre
is a proud member of the
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
For further information contact Dr. Laura Avery via email at email@example.com