As part of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts community at the University of the Arts, you’ll study on Philadelphia’s famed Avenue of the Arts, home to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, the Wilma Theater, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre and the Merriam Theater, and within three blocks of the Forrest Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre, and the Theatre at the Drake, home to four resident companies.

In additional to having numerous performance opportunities right here in UArts' Brind School (starting your freshman year), you'll also benefit from the city’s rich theater community, whether it’s through master classes, internships or jobs after graduation. The city of Philadelphia provides an almost endless number of opportunities for practicing your craft in more than 100 performance venues (dozens of them within walking distance); you’ll take regular trips to New York City—less than two hours away—or travel abroad to immerse yourself in the international theater scene.

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Sav Souza

'18

Theater - Musical Theater
Hometown: Tracy, CA
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Sydney K Banks

'19

Theater - Musical Theater
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
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Brady Fritz

'19

Theater - Musical Theater
Hometown: Bel Air, Maryland

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You’ll learn from a faculty of professional actors, directors, singing coaches and choreographers—among them a Tony Award nominee and multiple Barrymore Award winners—many of whom coach the pros as well. 

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    Cesar Alvarez

    Theater - Musical Theater
    An award-winning Off-Broadway composer, lyricist, and playwright.
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    Alex Bechtel

    Theater - Musical Theater
    Actor, composer, sound designer, writer, director
    Jenna Pastuszek head shot
    Jenna Pastuszek

    Theater - Musical Theater
    Performer, teacher, voiceover artist
    Charlie Gilbert
    Charlie Gilbert

    Theater - Musical Theater
    Composer and lyricist whose shows have been produced in New York and Philadelphia.

    Sample Courses in the Musical Theater Major

    First Year
    Acting Studio
    Musical Theater Performance
    Music Skills for Musical Theater
    Voice Lesson for Musical Theater
    Intro to Ballet

    Second Year
    Acting Studio: Technique  
    Music Skills for Musical Theater  
    Principles of Singing Acting
    Voice Lesson for Musical Theater
    Theater History

    Third Year
    Partnering 
    Musical Theater Dance Repertory
    Acting Studio: Poetic Realism
    Musical Theater Styles: Solos and Scenes
    Voice Lesson for Musical Theater

    Fourth Year
    Musical Theater Performance: Professional Preparation
    Business of Theater
    Acting Studio: Verse Drama
    Contemporary Scene Study
    Cabaret Performance
    Theater Internship

     

    About the Curriculum

    The Musical Theater Program in the University of the Arts' Brind School prepares students as artists in the musical theater or for continued study in graduate school. Students receive the same acting technique training as acting majors as well as  training in vocal technique, musicianship, dance, movement, musical theater performance techniques and study of musical theater repertoire in print, recordings, rehearsal and performance.

    Graduates of the Musical Theater program will demonstrate all the competencies of the Acting major and will also:

    • Effectively analyze song content and structure, identify dramatic conflict, and craft [strong] choices of objective, obstacle and tactic that serve both the needs of the script and score, and the artist’s individuality.
    • Communicate authentically, specifically, and expressively within the given circumstances of a song or musical scene.
    • Be able to reveal both a strong sense of self and a strong sense of character in performance as the material demands.
    • Be able to reveal both a strong sense of self and a strong sense of character in performance as the material demands.
    • Be able to read/learn music independently based on a solid understanding of pitch and rhythm as well as musical form with adequate mastery at the piano for the purpose of learning music.
    • Demonstrate a dynamic, healthy, and expressive singing voice that reveals the artist’s unique individuality, while technically meeting the nuanced needs of the material they sing.
    • Be able to read/learn music independently based on a solid understanding of pitch and rhythm as well as musical form; have adequate mastery at the piano for the purpose of learning music.
    • Be an articulate and expressive dancer with a technical foundation in ballet, jazz, tap and partnering; have clear understanding of the dance styles encountered in musical theater; learn steps quickly and execute choreography in all major musical theater styles.

    To explore the full curriculum, click here.

    UArts' Brind School Musical Theater alumni can be found on Broadway, in Hollywood, in London’s West End, and in successful careers in every sector of the theater industry.  

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    Lucas Steele

    BFA 2001

    Theater - Musical Theater
    2017 Tony Award nominee
    Sarah Bolt
    Sarah Bolt

    BFA '03

    Theater - Musical Theater
    Broadway productions of "Wicked" and "Sister Act"
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    Rory Donovan

    BFA '11

    Theater - Musical Theater
    "Finding Neverland" and "Elf" on Broadway

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