School of Visual & Performing Arts

Theatre Arts

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

two WCSU students acting on stage in a playa dozen students dancing in a playseveral students at an audition for a part in one of the school plays

This nationally-recognized program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Music.  Within a liberal arts context, it provides students with knowledge of and training in all aspects of musical theatre in order to compete for employment opportunities in the entertainment industry where musical theatre talent is utilized.

For two consecutive years our WCSU musical theatre productions of “Parade” and “Drowsy Chaperone” have won “Outstanding Musical” in the nation from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in 2016 & 2017. In addition, in 2018, EVITA received 10 national awards.  Students in both casts and crews had the opportunity to work with a director and choreographers from Broadway.  Also, some of the designers who worked on the productions have received Emmy awards or have had their work published, which reflects the top quality leadership that we provide for our students.

The program includes training through courses such as Acting I, II, III, Dance, Private Voice Instruction, Music Theory, Keyboard Competency, Auditioning Techniques, Voice and Diction, Theatre History and Transition Workshop.  During their final year of undergraduate studies, our students participate in the Senior Showcase which includes private auditions with NYC agents and casting directors.

Admission Auditions for Musical Theatre Degree Program

Students wishing to pursue a degree in Musical Theatre in the Department of Theatre Arts must adhere to the following criteria for admission:

  • Fulfill general admission guidelines found in the catalog for the university, school and department.
  • Perform and pass an audition, in person, for members of the faculty. The student, through this audition, must exhibit the standards and skill sets required for entry into the Musical Theatre program, including:
  • ability to effectively perform with accompaniment 16 bars of an up-tempo and 16 bars of a ballad vocal selections.
  • ability to perform a 1 minute monologue portraying a character close to the age of the individual auditioning.
  • ability to learn and perform a short dance phrase that demonstrates movement skills.
  • for placement:  completion of a music theory examination.
  • Provide a hard copy of a picture and resume at the time of your audition.

Acceptance to the Program

Within 2-3 weeks of your audition date, you will receive notice of whether you have been accepted to the program, put on the waiting list for acceptance, or denied acceptance. If you are put on the waiting list or denied acceptance to the program, you will be automatically accepted into the Theatre Arts Department as a performance major, unless you notify us otherwise. Registration into classes will occur once you have paid the tuition deposit for the Fall Semester.

Auditions at Western Connecticut State University 
*(Please email to schedule appointment time)

The audition days for Musical Theatre will be as follows:

(At Western Connecticut State University)

*December 8, 2018
*February 23, 2019
*March 2, 2019

WCSU will also be attending the Unified auditions (Pearl Studios) in New York City:
January 20, 2019 (10:00-5:00)

To schedule auditions, please contact:
Tim Howard, Coordinator of Musical Theatre, Assistant Professor
Howardt@wcsu.edu