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Musical Theatre


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Taylor’s BFA in Musical Theatre is for serious artists who are passionate about music, theatre, and dance. Taylor Theatre provides a unique space for artists to engage with difficult questions while pursuing excellence in a collaborative community of performers.

Music, Dance & Theatre faculty will challenge you to take your art to the next level and engage your faith with your understanding of the theatre arts. As an artist, you will be challenged to embrace performance techniques that will set you apart in the musical theatre world.

Auditions & Scholarships

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  • Actor
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Drama Therapist
  • Music Producer
  • Music Therapist
  • Theatre Director
  • Arts Administrator

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Taylor Theatre Productions

At Taylor, faith is not compartmentalized, but it strongly informs and influences everything we do. Every Taylor Theatre production is an opportunity to identify spiritual themes, wrestle with our brokenness, and look to the cross. Mitchell Theater hosts most of our musical theatre and opera productions, where our students audition for a variety of roles and practice on stage what is taught in the classroom.

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Audition & Scholarship Information

The Music, Theatre, & Dance Scholarship is presented to outstanding high school seniors and transfer students who are committed to a career in music, theatre, or dance. The total award amounts vary depending on the student’s musical ability and the needs of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. To qualify, students must declare a major in the department, complete the scholarship application, and audition in person or video.

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John Broda
Class of 2020
"Before coming to Taylor, I struggled to see how I could pursue jobs with challenging or controversial content and still be a person of faith. I realize now that these two things, my faith and my art, are not mutually exclusive. After four years at Taylor, it is so clear to me that there are so many stories that need to be told that are not always easy or comfortable to tell. However, I know God is calling me and others to tell these difficult stories with honesty and integrity, because they give us all perspective, provide space for dialogue, and shine a light into the darkness."

Musical Theatre Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Liberal Arts Foundational Core

A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.

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Setting the Scene

The Musical Theatre degree curriculum focuses on honing your creative skills in acting, musical and opera, and various styles of dance. Learn how to prepare for professional auditions, develop acting techniques, build and refine a vocal and monologue repertoire, and make a living in the theatre industry. Take vocal diction and strengthening lessons with vocal coaches and learn ballet, tap, jazz, and musical terminology and techniques in performance dance classes. Other theatre classes go behind-the-curtains to get a closer look at stagecraft, theatre history, stage diction, and play directing.

During your senior year, you will develop your own music theatre showcase, featuring a variety of musical theatre genres. The Musical Theatre program culminates with a capstone performance, demonstrating students’ skills and talents through scenes, monologues, and songs.

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