Academic Programs of Study

Musical Theatre

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Prepare for a career in musical theatre/drama
  • Intro to technical facilities, effective performance & competencies
  • Appear in a public performances, audition for dance & musical productions

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Musical Theatre at Marywood

Set the Stage for a Performing Arts Career with a Musical Theatre Degree

Students in the Musical Theatre program are prepared for work in the contemporary theatre. With an ensemble philosophy as the foundation of the program, students major in one area of theatre while participating in all aspects of production.

Musical Theatre Major Description

Combining music and theatre, the program consists of these objectives:

  • Introducing the student to the technical facilities of musical theatre;
  • Familiarizing the student with the separate as well as the combined standards for effective theatrical and musical performance;
  • Developing student competencies in musical theatre performance.

Auditions in music, acting, and dance are required for evaluation, advisement, and admission into the major. A Musical Theatre major must appear in a public musical performance each year at Marywood and is required to audition for all dance and musical theatre productions.

More About This Degree

Jennifer Griffith Cowgill, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Voice

Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A.
MTD Department Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Choral Conducting, Director of Choral Activities

Diogo Carvalho, PhD.
Assistant Professor of Music

F. David Romines, D.M.A.
MTD Department Co-Chair, Associate Professor, Director of Bands
This is just a sample of our Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty - see them all!

Marywood's Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts features two theaters:

  • Main Theatre: An 1100-seat auditorium outfitted with professional lighting and sound systems.
  • Black Box Theatre: An intimate performance space with flexible staging for student-directed productions and experimental theatre.

Completion of this program prepares the student for professional work in music and/or drama, as well as further graduate study.


Marywood’s music education program was very comprehensive and the curriculum required me to learn so much beyond voice performance.

As far back as I can remember, I have been surrounded by music.  I always wanted to perform and thought I would pursue a career on stage.  Teaching was a back-up plan, but after spending time in the classroom freshman year, I soon learned that I loved it.  Marywood’s music education program was very comprehensive and the curriculum required me to learn so much beyond voice performance, including history, theory, and different instruments. 

I currently serve as a music educator in the North Pocono School District.  My favorite part of the job is passing on my love of music to the students.  I enjoy watching their love of the art grow over time.  It’s something I’m so passionate about, and it’s the most amazing feeling to see them feel that way, too.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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