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Musical TheatreMajor

We combine an intensive conservatory experience with the college experience of a major university. You’ll perform on our mainstage and in our laboratory theatre, and train with renowned faculty and guest artists (including Academy and Tony Award nominees).

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What is Musical Theatre at WVU like?


Musicals comprise a large percentage of the theatrical productions in the U.S. every year. Our program trains you for successful musical and stage performance careers in the competitive entertainment industry.

Musical theatre study, performance and production are integral parts of any complete theatre education. Our program is competitive with similar programs throughout the country, especially in the intensity and class time devoted to the study, practice and performance of music, theatre and dance.

You'll have opportunities to perform in one major musical and several minimally produced performance and showcase productions each year. In addition to performing in musicals, you can cross traditional lines and benefit from participating in fully-staged dance, drama and opera productions.

All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Theatre and Dance for acceptance.

Musical Theatre program highlights:

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What makes Musical Theatre at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Ample space for theatre set and costume construction allow our actors to broaden their skill set by working behind the scenes.
  • The Evansdale Library is just a short walk from the Creative Arts Center and houses a script collection. Students can access any number of industry specific journals and magazines to stay current on what is happening and what is about to happen in the world of theatre.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Career opportunities for Musical Theatre majors include working as professional performers in the television, film and entertainment industries. Graduates have gone on to work for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre companies.

Graduates may also choose to continue their education in graduate theatre programs.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Musical Theatre major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Musical Theatre at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Musical Theatre major.

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Popular Courses

DANC 255:
Dance Styles for Musical Theatre

An introduction to musical theatre repertoire along with gaining a more efficient and proficient way of learning and executing Broadway musical choreography, new and old. This course gives the student the tools needed at an intermediate to advanced level of dance, to complement their singing and acting abilities; learning choreography from notable musicals.

MUSC 226:
Applied Music: Voice

Audition for placement required. (May be repeated for a max of 8 credit hours.) Continuation of MUSC 126. Credit and length of lesson varies dependent on curriculum. Weekly lesson to develop technical, artistic and pedagogical aspects of music.

THET 344:
Acting Studio

The purpose of studio is to reexamine basic acting principles and introduce advanced techniques in characterization, personalization, and given circumstances through exercises, monologue work, and intensive scene study coordinated with rehearsal and performance in THET 345.

Cost and Aid

How much does Musical Theatre at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Musical Theatre can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Musical Theatre at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Musical Theatre major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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