Madison University, School of Theatre and Dance Is an
Member of the National Association of
Schools of Theatre and the National
Association of Schools of Dance
"Show me and I will look, tell me and I will listen, but involve me and I will learn." This philosophy dominates our approach to musical theatre training at James Madison University. We encourage students to discover resources within
themselves. Within the liberal arts context, our Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre balances the practical with the theoretical. Our students confront the realities of performance: they act and learn how to act; they direct and learn directing; they sing and learn how to sing and they dance and learn to master grace and motion. Most importantly, they work daily with a strong, committed faculty who encourages the combination of solid academic discipline with practical professional experience. The James Madison University Musical Theatre program is part of the School of Theatre and Dance.
School of Theatre and Dance
147 Warsaw Avenue, MSC 5601
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
About Musical Theatre &
The Bachelor of Arts Program
Located in the School of Theatre and Dance in the College of Visual and
Performing Arts, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) curriculum includes
coursework in acting, dance, voice, theatre and musical theatre history,
technical theatre, music theory, and piano. Students develop their
skills in a structured program that includes one-on-one mentorship and
As a Musical Theatre concentrator at JMU, you will experience one of the most active production programs of any undergraduate theatre program in the country. We believe learning is only complete when applied to production. Our students have the opportunity to audition for and perform in many productions each year. including a main stage musical with orchestra and student-produced Experimental Theatre musicals. Additional performance opportunities include faculty directed revues, recitals, and workshop scenes. Past productions include
Anything Goes, Pippin, Cabaret, Chicago, Carnival, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 110 in the Shade, Kiss Me Kate, Celebration, Carousel, The Robber Bridegroom, The Fantasticks, Blood Brothers, The Mikado, Man of La Mancha, and Once on This Island.
The JMU Musical Theatre program invites established artists and professionals to campus to perform, lecture and teach. When possible, master teachers of voice, acting and dance as well as casting directors and agents are brought to campus to share their expertise with students.
We look with pride to graduates who are working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in national tours, in regional and stock theatres and at theme parks all over the country. Many students go on to study further at some of the finest graduate schools in the country.
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ADMISSION TO THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM
OF JMU"s SCHOOL OF THEATRE AND DANCE
Objectives for the Musical Theatre Concentration
Objectives for the Musical Theater Concentration
addition to the objectives of the theater concentration, the musical
theater concentration has these program
in the Musical Theatre Concentration are expected to meet all of the
program objectives of the Theatre Concentration. In addition
students in the Musical Theatre Concentration shall:
and understand the unique and complex requirements of integrating
music, theatre, and dance into a unified production.
expertise in specific performance techniques that are unique to
musical theatre production to include: vocal skills, dance skills,
song interpretation skills, and other specific skills appropriate
to individual needs and abilities.
knowledge of the allied genres of opera, light opera, and
contemporary theatrical music.
knowledge of the history, literature, and analysis of musical
theatre, opera and other appropriate music areas as they relate to
proficiency in the fundamental principles of music theory and
musicianship as they pertain to music theater
- participate regularly in music theatre performances
of various scales and styles.