Musical Theater Minor

The minor in musical theater is designed to train students in the artistic and critical study of musical theater.  Students pursuing the minor will learn the fundamental techniques of musical theater performance, direction, and design and will undertake rigorous study of the genre’s formal structures as well as its cultural significance.  Particular attention will be given to the performative dimensions of the genre, with discussions of how musicals engage issues of gender, sexuality, race, assimilation, nationality, and religion.  By studying a theatrical genre that integrates drama, music, dance, and visual design, students will be asked to undertake collaborations and academic studies that are fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature.

This minor requires five courses:

REQUIRED theater history and dramatic literature courses:                   
  1. Theater Studies 209: Forms of Musical Drama 
  2. Theater Studies 210: American Musicals 
CHOOSE TWO musical theater practice courses:
  1. Theater Studies 211: Musical Theater Workshop; Performance or Theater Studies 241: Cabaret Workshop or  Theater Studies 346: Voice and Body Gesture Theater
  2. Theater Studies 212: Musical Theater Workshop: Creation 
  3. Theater Studies 255S: Directing
AND one additional course (may be additional course in practice, academic seminar, or topic related to musical theater). If you are unsure if a course qualifies please consult with your theater studies advisor or the DUS.