Targeted Training

Musical Theatre is a highly competitive field that necessitates targeted training in the three performing arts disciplines of theatre, music, and dance. Students in this program gain experience that spans the processes of audition, rehearsal, and performance and the practical, day-to-day maintenance and continuing development of those practices. Graduates of our program have had successful careers in professional theatre and the field of education and have gone on to advanced study in graduate and professional training programs.

Our Academic Programs

The Musical Theatre major offers the breadth of curricular and co-curricular training that prepares students to establish and maintain a career in the Musical Theatre industry or for advanced study in graduate and professional training programs. Students receive academic instruction and hands-on experience in script analysis, acting, singing, vocal technique, auditioning, musical theatre styles, dance, music theory, piano, technical theatre, and musical theatre history.

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Student Activities and Involvement

Students pursuing this degree have abundant opportunities to engage in our extensive annual mainstage, second stage, and laboratory theatre season, as well as our community-based programming, including touring productions, various student organizations, and local professional theatres.


EMU's Musical Theatre Troupe, was formed in the Fall of 1996. ENCORE provides educational entertainment to the campus, community and area schools. Composed of EMU student performers under the direction of R. MacKenzie Lewis, ENCORE has performed for a wide range of audiences - from campus special events to tours to senior centers and community galas. Performances and workshops for local high schools are also an important part of ENCORE's musical outreach.

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Philip Simmons

Professor of Musical Theatre

124 Quirk


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