School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
Anderson University’s Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre promotes strength in singing, dancing, and acting — the three main skills of the musical theatre stage. 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.
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.
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.
Complete the 80-hour undergraduate bachelor’s degree in music within AU’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
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.
Learn more about AU’s week-long summer workshop for high school students that offers experiential training in acting, singing, vocal coaching, and dance.
Among the classes in the 80-hour major are:
- Voice & Movement for the Actor
- Voice Lessons
- Technique classes in Modern Dance, Jazz, and Ballet
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 with skills in singing, dancing, and acting that give them a leg up at auditions and as part of casts.
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