Musical Theatre Program

Our Training

The strength of our program lies in training all areas of performance with equal respect and importance. We place equal importance in our students' ability to dance, sing and act. We have a dynamic and versatile faculty able to explore a variety of genre, style, technique and expression. We have built foundational and advanced dance technique courses into the degree plan with an emphasis in ballet and modern. Additionally we offer courses in jazz, tap and musical theatre a jazz. Our voice, music and acting courses are designed to meet the specific needs of musical theatre performers in the industry. Along with their skill training, musical theater majors take courses in stage movement, voice for the actor, auditioning, and history of musical theatre.

We regularly welcome guests artists to campus to conduct workshops and master classes for our musical theatre majors. Guests artists have included Michael York, Bob Marks, Roy Hamlin, Rob Bundy, Georgia Stitt, Mark Ramont, Sofia Gomez, Deb McWaters, Dave Clemmons, Jerry Mitchell, Greg Graham, Kevin Munhall, Alissa LaVergne, Barry Busby, Anthony Daniel, Danny George, Larry Lozier, Alexandra Pernice, Karl Warden, and Ricky Loftus.

Musical Theatre Workshop

Each musical theatre major at Sam Houston participates in Musical Theatre Workshop every semester. This course is designed to be an intensive in dance and music. 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.

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 in the Broadway canon of repertoire. We help our students build an audition folder that represents their personality, essence and authenticity while serving their marketable brand. Each musical theatre major is enrolled in private voice study each semester. 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 styles and techniques.

BFA in Musical Theatre

At the end of their sophomore year of training, students select an area of emphasis for their continued study. Each area of emphasis allows students twelve additional hours in their chosen area of concentration. Explore our catalogue for more details about our areas of emphases.

Undergraduate Catalog Links:
Theatre | Dance

Thank you for your interest in Sam Houston Musical Theatre. For more information, please contact us using the contact information:

Department of Theatre & Musical Theatre
Dr. Laura Avery, Head of Musical Theatre
Box 2297, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2297
Phone:(936)294-3404 | Email at lka005@shsu.edu