Theatre Arts

Areas of Study

Program Features

  • Professional Resident Faculty
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival Participation
  • Yearly New York City Showcase, "WCSU Off-Broadway"
  • Children's Theatre and Community Outreach Programs
  • Workshops with N.Y. Stage, TV and Film Professionals
  • Internships possible with New York City and Connecticut Regional and Professional theatres.

New Visual and Performing Arts Center

This stunning new facility is home to a 350-seat theater, a 125-seat studio theatre, a 350-seat concert hall, an art gallery, a recording studio and state-of-the-art rehearsal, classroom and studio art facilities.

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Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre

This is a specialized degree 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.

The program includes training in acting, dance, private voice instruction, music theory, keyboard competency, auditioning techniques, voice and diction, theatre history and other courses related to the field.

Admission Auditions for Musical Theater Degree Program

Students wishing to pursue a degree in Musical Theater in the Department of Theater 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 Theater program, including:
  • ability to accurately perform with accompaniment 16 bars of an up-tempo and 16 bars of a ballad vocal selections,
  • ability to perform a 1/2 minute to 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,
  • a passing score on a sight-singing/ear-training examination, and
  • 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 two to three 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 10, 2016
February 25, 2017

WCSU will also be attending the Unified auditions in New York City:
January 22, 2017 (10:00-5:00)
Pearl Audition Studios
500 8th Avenue
New York, New York  10018

To schedule auditions, please contact:
Tim Howard, Coordinator of Musical Theatre, Assistant Professor

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