Musical Theatre

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Musical Theatre

This program combines degree work in music, theatre, and dance. Musical Theatre majors are prepared for a career in musical theatre and/or drama. This program has received final approval for listing in the NASM Directory.

Program objectives are to develop competencies in the three areas fundamental to the study of musical theatre: music, acting and dance.  In addition, students will become familiar with the separate and combined standards for effective theatrical/musical performance, they will be introduced to technical aspects of musical theatre production, and they will develop a commitment to the concept of ensemble. Students must appear in public music and dance performance each year at Marywood. An audition is required for entrance and regular juries assess the student’s progress in music, theatre and dance

*For music, theatre, and dance components, see course numbers, titles, and credits listed below.

I. Music Component (31 cr.)

MUSC 111A, B Written Theory I 4
MUSC 112A, B Aural Skills I 2
Conducting I 1
MUSC 127A Class Piano 2
MUSC 120A, B Fundamental Vocal Tech 2
MUSC 319A, B Musical Theatre Repertoire 3
MUSC 322, 323 History of Music I, II 6
MUSC varies Applied Major 7
MUSC varies Vocal Ensemble 2
MUSC varies Elective 2

II. Theatre Component (29 cr.)


THEA 113 Introduction to Theatre 3
THEA 230B Theatre Lab 1
THEA 241 Fundamentals of Acting 3
THEA 242 Advanced Acting 3
THEA 244abcd Audition Workshop 2
THEA 247A Stage Management 2
Theatre Lab
THEA 341 Theatre History 2
THEA 342A Tragedy in Dramatic Literature 2
THEA 342B Comedy in Dramatic Literature 2
THEA 347 Fundamentals of Directing 3
THEA 404
Theatre as Business
THEA 451 Capstone Project


III. Dance Component (15 cr.)


DANC 140
Fundamentals of Dance/Movement
DANC 141
Body Awareness (must enroll in 141L)
Body Awareness Lab
DANC 142
Fundamentals of Improv/Choreography
DANC varies*

Dance Technique



Dance technique courses: ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, musical theatre, stage combat, and special topics.