Musical Theatre Program

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Our Program

The strength of our program lies in 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 these valuable summer training programs through a private audition. Many of our students have been invited to attend these programs and receive training from professionals working in the industry.

We regularly welcome guests artists to campus to conduct workshops and master classes for our musical theatre majors. Guests artists have included Michael York, Robert Marks, Roy Hamlin, Rob Bundy, Georgia Stitt, Mark Ramont, Sofia Gomez, Deb McWaters, Dave Clemmons, Patrick Pearson, Jerry Mitchell, Greg Graham, Kevin Munhall, Alissa LaVergne, and Larry Lozier.

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.

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 styles.

For further information contact Dr. Laura Avery via email at

Associate Dean/Professor Head of Musical Theatre Assistant Professor, Dance
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Penelope A. Hasekoester Laura Avery Kyle Craig-Bogard