Music Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre

BFA in music theatre offers practical, pre-professional skills in acting, dancing, and singing for students aspiring to be a professional actor or musical theatre artist. Music theatre students receive private voice lessons, study music music theory and skills, and learn piano, speech, music theatre acting, ballet, jazz, and tap. The program combines a liberal arts education with applied skills in performance that will serve students seeking graduate school placement or professional employment.

Auburn University Theatre is housed in Telfair B. Peet University Theatre, which includes two fully equipped performance spaces; three dynamic performance studios serving classes in acting, dance, voice, directing, and movement; and fully equipped costume and scenic studios. The newly renovated main stage features a flexible proscenium house seating along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment.  A new black box studio theatre is equipped with the first wire tension lighting grid at a university theatre in Alabama and a larger dance studio.

Theatre students enjoy opportunities to work with national and international guest artists and travel nationally and internationally to attend workshops and exhibit their work. Auburn theatre graduates think critically, creatively, and collaboratively and carry their knowledge from rehearsal spaces and classroom to stages, campuses, and communities worldwide. 

For more information about Music Theatre

Music Theatre Program Website


Careers in Music Theatre

Performing

  • Stage
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Motion Picture
  • Video

Writing

  • Scriptwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Publicity (Press Agents)
  • Research

Directing

  • Direction
  • Technical Direction
  • Casting
  • Set Design
  • Stage Management
  • Production
  • Dialect Coaching
  • Dramaturgy
  • Support Staff

Behind the Scenes

  • Stage Management/Direction
  • Set Design/Construction
  • Property Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Camera Operation
  • Costume Design/Wardrobe
  • Hair/Make-up
  • Special Effects
  • Wardrobe
  • Broadcast Technology

Business

  • Producing
  • Management
  • Agents
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Administration of Arts Programs
  • Box Office Sales
  • Patron Services

BFA Curriculum in Theatre - Music Theatre in AU Bulletin

Theatre majors must earn a grade of C or higher in theatre courses, or they must repeat those courses for credit toward their degrees.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3MUAP 1630 Performance II1
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre for Majors I3THEA 2120 Acting I3
THEA 2110 Voice and Movement Fundamentals2THEA 1110 Introduction to Theatre for Majors II13
THEA 2111 Voice and Movement Fundamentals Lab1Core Math3
MUAP 1530 Performance I1THEA 1910 Production Practicum I1
MUSI 2210 Music Fundamentals for Music Theatre3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
MUSI 2030 Piano Skills for Music Theatre1 
THEA 2610 Costume Construction3 
 17 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Social Science3Core Science II4
Core Science I4THEA 1570 Dance Lab 1 - Ballet1
THEA 2310 Theatre Technology I3THEA 3140 Music Theatre Acting3
THEA 2311 Theatre Technology I Lab1THEA 1670 Dance Lab 1 - Jazz1
MUAP 2530 Performance III1THEA 3700 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism I - Text3
THEA 1570 Dance Lab 1 - Ballet1THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1
THEA 1670 Dance Lab 1 - Jazz1MUAP 2630 Performance IV1
MUSI 1020 Piano Skills I - Rudiments1 
 15 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature23Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence23
MUAP 3530 Performance V1THEA 3160 Bfa Performance Studio II4
THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1THEA 3730 Music Theatre History3
THEA 2650 Stage Makeup (Core Literature)3MUAP 3630 Performance VI1
THEA 3150 BFA Performance Studio I4THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1
THEA 3710 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism II - Body3THEA 1530 Dance Lab 1 - Tap1
 Core Social Science3
 15 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core History23UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
Electives53Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)33
Core Fine Arts (except THEA)3THEA 4160 BFA Performance Studio IV4
THEA 4980 Senior Capstone Project1, 43Electives53
THEA 4150 BFA Performance Studio III4Theatre or Music Electives51
 Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence23
 16 14
Total Hours: 121
1

THEA 1110 and THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.

2

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not chosen as the sequence.

3

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

4

To enroll in Senior Capstone Project, students must be senior theatre majors palnning to graduate before the following fall semester.

5

Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved theatre, music, and other electives.

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Last Updated: June 22, 2016