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Musical Theatre BFA

About the Degree

The BFA degree in Musical Theatre  combines three major performing disciplines that have a history of excellence in the Peck School of the Arts: Music, Dance and Theatre. The Musical Theatre track will provide the student with the opportunity to train and develop the necessary skills needed to succeed in an art form that encompasses all three areas of performance. It will also broaden future employment opportunities for the student interested in pursuing a performance career. Courses created for this track can also benefit those students pursuing K-12 certification, and enhance the quality of work they may be asked to do in conjunction with their teaching responsibilities.

2008-2009 Season: Hair (April)

Students in Musical Theatre will be trained thoroughly in the performance skills necessary to compete in the professional world of musical theatre. Included in this track are a solid developmental and pedagogical foundation in music (voice, theory and musicianship, piano, large and small music ensembles), dance (history of the musical theatre art form, ballet, tap, jazz and theatre dance), and theatre (acting, play analysis, and theatre production). Students will be expected to meet the high standards expected of them at all developmental levels of the program, preparing them for what they will encounter as performers in the professional world. In addition, students will be able to build on their pre-existing talents in a dynamic and innovative arena.

Carefully chosen musical theatre productions are essential to students pursuing a performance-based degree. The ability to apply their training in fully-realized performances is crucial, and the process of mounting a musical is invaluable pre-professional training experience for students--from preparing for and experiencing the audition process, to the expectations and challenges of the rehearsal sequence, to the technical rehearsals and performances. Most importantly, the Musical Theatre track provides a place where future performing artists can receive and hone a range of practical and creative skills across a continuum consistent with their professional and personal goals.

Admission to the Program

To be considered for the BFA in Musical Theatre Degree:

  1. All students must meet general University academic requirements and must first be accepted by UWM. Information on applying to UWM is available at
    Online applications are available at
  2. Complete a live audition. Reservations for auditions will open October 6, 2016. If you have questions before then please contact

Entrance Audition

After submitting the complete application packet, applicants to the Musical Theatre BFA degree program must audition in spring for entry into the program the following fall. Applicants who demonstrate a level of maturity, experience and professional performance potential in at least two of the three areas of study during the audition process have an excellent opportunity for admittance/acceptance as a pre-major.

2008-2009 Season: Hair (April)

  • The vocal audition consists of the student preparing 32 bars of two contrasting musical theatre vocal selections. The student should bring sheet music that is in the correct key, as a pianist will be provided. An ear-training exercise will also be given along with a short written music diagnostic test.
  • The acting audition consists of a memorized, theatrical monologue from a modern, contemporary playscript, and must be no longer than 1-minute in length.
  • The dance audition consists of a group ballet warmup, followed by a jazz combination taught by dance faculty. After that, auditionees who would like to present a well-rehearsed, 1-minute dance solo from ballet, jazz or tap genres will be given that opportunity.
  • Auditionees will also be asked to complete a writing exercise that asks each student to express and specify their personal artistic interests and goals.

After your complete Musical Theatre Application Packet has been received, you will be sent a schedule for your audition day that will include both your group and individual time slot assignments.

Admission Dates:

Friday, November 18, 2016
Friday, February 10, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017