School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre exists at the convergence of multiple skillsets in singing, dancing, and acting, and Anderson University’s bachelor of music in musical theatre promotes strength in all three. Students are given a broad musical context from which to grow their performance skills, and our faith-supportive environment adds depth to the emotional expression of our graduates.

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The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers a wide variety of performance experience, including operatic productions.

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Why AU?

Why choose AU for musical theatre?

  • Optimal size for expanded opportunities. The smaller theatre program at AU translates to small class sizes and multiple performance and backstage opportunities, giving graduates marketability in all areas of the theatre.
  •  Classes build upon elements from previous classes. This process assures each graduate a level of competency having mastered a method for their craft.
  •  Working with professionals. In addition to instruction by faculty in AU’s theatre program, students work with seasoned industry professionals in Indianapolis and central Indiana

The music theatre program at Anderson University is a place where you can develop your acting and directing skills while also learning about the historical and technical aspects of theatre productions. Performance opportunities each year include two main stage productions, two lyric theatre productions, and two black box productions. In addition to working with our own faculty, students work with a variety of guest artists and guest directors to develop their artistry and enhance their professional skills and connections.

Program Options

How can I get involved in the Musical Theatre program?

 

Major

Complete the 80-hour undergraduate bachelor of music (BM) program at AU’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Complementary Major

Students who would like to pair their passion for musical theatre with their other skills and may opt for the complementary major. This course of study must be undertaken alongside other majors on campus and enables students to customize their studies to meet their career and calling goals.

Among the classes in the 45-hour complementary major are:

  • voice and movement for the actor
  • acting
  • stagecraft
  • voice lessons
  • technique classes in modern, jazz, and ballet

View the full list of courses for the Musical Theatre major.

Broadway Bootcamp

Learn more about AU’s week-long summer workshop for high school students that offers experiential training in acting, singing, vocal coaching, and dance.

Classes

What classes will I take?

Among the classes in the 80-hour major are:

  • voice and movement for the actor
  • acting
  • stagecraft
  • voice lessons
  • technique classes in modern, jazz, and ballet

View the courses required for the Musical Theatre Major.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

A musical theater major can lead to a career as an actor, singer, musician, dancer, choreographer, director or self-enrichment teacher. We prepare graduates to perform in musical theater productions through training in acting, singing, and dancing, as well as experience working with choreographers and directors. Our graduates are developed into performers that are a triple threat – with skills in singing, dancing, and acting that give them a leg up at auditions and as part of casts.

Experience

What experiences will I have?

Musical theatre students at Anderson University have recital opportunities on a regular basis at which to showcase their voice. Students also have opportunities to perform in four productions each year, which include theatre, musical theatre, and opera. Students must also participate in a musical theatre showcase, which challenges them to develop their own show to highlight their individual skills and talents while also uplifting those of their classmates.