Check out this link to a Spotlight on our BFA Musical Theatre Program from the College Musical Theatre Guide. Spotlight
*In March 2019, UM Musical Theatre Majors participated in The Growing Studio, NYC (www.thegrowingstudio.com) first UNIFIED university Musical Theatre Senior Showcase. Our seniors participated in a 3 day event with students from 3 other invited MT programs around the U.S.; initially working with NYC director Anthony Daniel on song selection and then receiving coachings and business seminars in NYC for two days from agents and casting directors from Tara Rubin Casting. The weekend culminated in 2 showcase presentations for over 40 agents and casting directors.
*We look forward to our students participating in The Growing Studio’s March 2020 Unified Showcase
*UM Musical Theatre majors participate in the national “A1” screening auditions by The Growing Studio each fall, and audition for professional summer theatre work in NYC in January at The Growing Studio
*Amy Murphy Studio NYC Musical Theatre Intensive Workshop: Since 2010, UM Musical Theatre students have been eligible to attend these annual workshops in January run by the Amy Murphy Studio, providing opportunities to study and/or audition for leading industry professionals.
*UM BFA Theatre majors are also eligible to audition, with faculty approval, for professional productions in nearby Birmingham at Red Mountain Theatre Company, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, and Virginia Samford Theatre. These organizations also offer our students employment opportunities during the summer, including teaching as well
B.F.A. Musical Theatre majors at UM are trained in Stanislavski-based techniques and acting for the camera, but pursue a sequence of performance based classes aimed towards integrating their acting, singing, dance and movement skills to successfully audition for and performing in musicals in various styles.
While Musical Theatre majors need to hone their singing, dancing and acting, our major goal is to train you to be a strong, distinctive actor capable of playing complex roles not only in musicals, but a wide variety of theatrical styles as well as TV and Film.
You will work extensively on song interpretation and develop rigorous vocal technique in private voice lessons with our teachers Amy Murphy and Monique Gannon; and musical theatre performance classes; as well as dance classes in various styles, including ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop.
Students have an opportunity to perform in class showcases and cabarets; departmental rep classes; guest artist workshops; vocal juries; UM’s original, annual student-written and produced homecoming “College Night” musicals; as well as audition for two full musical productions a year in the Theatre Department.
While we want to expose you to a variety of musical styles in your time at UM, given the emphasis on pop-rock styles with the development of contemporary musicals in NYC, we have a strong track record of producing challenging pop/rock musicals such as CARRIE, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, HAIR, and HEATHERS in recent seasons.
In the near future, we are also planning to provide our Musical Theatre students opportunities to work on new musical material written by professional artists through participation in a reading, workshop format.
Our students enjoy an active guest artist program, with recent artists in the musical theatre area including NYC choreographers Chip Abbott and Parker Esse; NYC casting director and producer of the new musical CHASING RAINBOWS (with recent productions at Goodspeed Musicals and Papermill Playhouse) Tina Marie Casamento-Libby; and the well-known performer Eden Espinosa. MT majors also have the opportunity to participate in guest artist workshops in other acting areas; recent examples include acting on camera with well-known TV and film actor Michael O’ Neill; clowning/physical theatre; and stage combat (as well as numerous sessions throughout the year on career planning and professional/industry expectations from alumni and other guests to campus).
UM Musical Theatre majors are smart, proactive and versatile artists who are well prepared for the contemporary entertainment industry and well-prepared to move to and work in a variety of professional markets.