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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Musical Theatre at Marywood

Theatre and music as a combined form have a history that extends to the time of Thespis and the dithyrambs of ancient Greece. Encompassing the world of musical theatre and our responsible living in an interdependent world, the program in Performing Arts forms an intrinsic parallel to the Undergraduate School curricular purpose regarding the human condition.

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

Evan Harger, A.B.D.
Assistant Professor & Director of Orchestral Activities

Joan McCusker, IHM, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music Education

Sophie Till, M.M.
Associate Professor of Violin / Viola

Jennifer Griffith Cowgill, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Voice
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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B.A. in Music (Musical Theatre)

Combining competencies in both music and theatre, the Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Musical Theatre provides opportunities for students to develop competencies in both the artistic and technical production of musical theatre. Admission to this program requires an audition with music, theatre, and dance components.

Completion of this program prepares the student for professional work in musical theatre, as well as for further graduate study. 

Music courses — 31 credits

MUSC 111A, B Written Theory I
MUSC 112A, B Aural Skills I
MUSC 115A Conducting I
MUSC 127A or B Class Piano
MUSC 220A, B Vocal Pedagogy
MUSC 319 Musical Theatre Repertoire
MUSC 322 History of Music I
MUSC 323 History of Music II
MUSC varies Applied Major
MUSC varies Concert Choir
MUSC varies Elective

Theatre courses — 30 credits

THEA 113 Introduction to the Theatre
THEA 130 A Theatre Lab
THEA 230 B Practicum 1
THEA 241 Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 242 Advanced Acting 3
THEA 244A,B,C,D Audition Workshop 2
THEA 247A Stage Management
THEA 330B Practicum
THEA 341 Theatre History
THEA 342A Script Analysis
THEA 342B Survey of Dramatic Literature
THEA 347 Fundamentals of Directing
THEA 404 Theatre as a Business
THEA 451 Capstone Project: Musical theatre Showcase

Dance courses — 15 credits

DANC 140 Fundamentals of Dance/Movement
DANC 141 Body Awareness
DANC 142 Fundamentals of Improvisation/Choreography
*DANC varies Dance Technique 6

*Six credits of dance technique required. Courses are offered in ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, musical theatre, and special topics.

Additional Requirements

A musical theatre major must appear in music, theatre, and dance performances each year at Marywood and must attend master classes and workshops offered in music, theatre, and dance.

The musical theatre major will be evaluated or juried each year in music, theatre, and dance to make recommendations for further study.