Major (Bachelor of Fine Arts). For the serious artist passionate about music, theatre, and dance.
As a musical theatre major, you will take classes in all three areas of performance. Music, dance, and theatre faculty will challenge you to take your art to the next level—and engage your faith throughout the process. Musical theatre and opera productions provide opportunities to practice on stage what is taught in the classroom.
Potential majors must complete voice, acting, and dance auditions. Download audition guidelines. Register by emailing Tracy Manning: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical theatre is a unique space for the believing artist to engage with difficult questions while pursuing excellence in a collaborative community of performers.
At Taylor, faith is not compartmentalized, but strongly informs and influences everything we do. Every production is an opportunity to identify spiritual themes, wrestle with our brokenness, and look to the cross. As an artist, you will be challenged to learn and sharpen performance techniques that will set you apart in the musical theatre world.
Audition Techniques: Learn about the marketplace and develop techniques necessary for professional acting. This course focuses on acquiring performance skills. Students build and refine a vocal and monologue audition repertoire.
Dance Classes: Ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre styles.
Music Theatre Showcase: Senior musical theatre majors develop their own repertoire from a variety of musical theatre genres. This course culminates with a capstone performance at the end of the semester, demonstrating students' skills and talents through scenes, monologues, and songs.
View the full musical theatre curriculum.
Musical Theatre Faculty
Dr. Conor Angell, vocal performance
Born and reared in Ireland, Conor Angell is an award-winning vocalist who has performed as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States. Angell heads Taylor's Lyric Theatre program and teaches voice.
Kory Browder, dance
A choreographer and dancer who has performed lead roles in ballets including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, Kory Browder has trained under Trinette Singleton and Ginger Farley and performed with Ballet Légere Chicago.
Tracy Manning, theatre
A 1992 graduate of Taylor University's Theatre program, Tracy Manning returned to Taylor to teach and direct after 15 years of professional work as a director and actor. Her recent performance experiences includes Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit, and Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. She has directed over 40 productions and teaches Acting Methods, Directing, and Mask Characterization coursework.
Dr. Patricia Robertson, vocal performance
As a professional singer and actor, Patricia Robertson has performed in concert throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and South America. She teaches vocal performance and serves as Taylor's coordinator of vocal studies. Since 2002, she has led students through productions of both opera and musical theatre including Amahl and the Night Visitors, Kiss Me Kate, Godspell, Pirates of Penzance, and Magic Flute.