Musical Theatre

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Why study musical theatre?

Musical theatre is an interdisciplinary degree within the arts division. Steeped in a strong liberal arts foundation, the musical theatre major provides a balance of training, education and performance in acting, voice and dance. A liberal arts education equips graduates with the tools to thrive as performers, and a broader perspective of the world and human society.

Why study musical theatre at Sweet Briar?

Individual attention is key to training strong artists. Another? Firsthand experience. From day one, musical theatre students at Sweet Briar perform in a wide array of musicals and concert musicals. We also encourage them to participate in all main stage and studio theatre productions. At Sweet Briar, we practice what we preach. Our faculty features professional directors, dancers, choreographers, musical directors and performers. All are dedicated to one goal: helping students become as versatile as possible to succeed in performing arts careers. Industry professionals come to campus to perform, teach master classes and offer experiential learning opportunities to our students. Here, you can major in musical theatre, or audition for entry into the interdisciplinary fine arts program — if you have a strong interest in pursuing other art forms. Many students combine musical theatre with an Arts Management Certificate, gaining valuable skills for managerial careers in arts organizations. Through our faculty connections, students may work in professional and regional theaters over the summer, including Stagedoor Manor, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Endstation Theatre Company and Wolfbane Productions. Many students are placed in summer internships at theaters across the country.

What can you do with a musical theatre major?

A musical theatre degree can lead to a many different careers. The obvious ones: performer, singer, dancer, choreographer, musical director, director, composer or lyricist. Musical theatre graduates have also pursued careers in dramaturgy, drama therapy, music therapy, nonprofit management, education, design, and others. The skills you’ll learn as a musical theatre major can be applied anywhere and are always in demand. Among them: collaboration, leadership, responsibility, creative problem solving, teamwork and self-discipline.