Musical Theater

Musical Theater Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree

Musical Theater

Study the craft of musical theater with professors who share your passion.

For students interested in acting, voice and dance, California University of Pennsylvania offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater with a concentration in Musical Theater. Cal U's musical theater concentration provides professional training and performance opportunities along with comprehensive liberal arts courses. You will train under knowledgeable professors with many years of performance and production experience, with the goal of becoming a well-rounded performer.

Cal U has the distinction of being an Educational Affiliate with Estill Voice International. Our performance curriculum includes Estill Voice Training, which is studied by professional performers, including many Broadway and recording artists. EVT encourages those who seek vocal versatility to explore the full range of expression in the human voice, but not at the expense of vocal well-being. Today's professional theater can be quite vocally rigorous and requires artists with tremendous versatility and good vocal health. As a student of musical theater at Cal U, you'll learn through Estill the tools for a sustained career as a performing artist.

Develop your talents through training and education.

  • Gain an invaluable scholarly background in theater history and theory .
  • Explore and strengthen all elements of musical theater performance through dedicated courses in voice, acting and dance.
  • Practice the craft learned through dedicated study while collaborating with peers in a real-world production environment.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: MUSICAL THEATER

A Trusted Approach: Cal U is one of the only colleges in Pennsylvania to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The program has a long track record of producing professional performers.

Balanced Curriculum: While the musical theater concentration is designed to enhance the gifts of passionate performers, Cal U's commitment to providing a quality liberal arts education ensures that degree recipients will leave with a broad knowledge base that improves employability.

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$73,200 
Average salary for qualified drama and musical theater teachers, according to Recruiter.com.
47,050,000 
Estimated number of people who visited live theatrical performances in the United States over the last 12 months. (Statistica)
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Degree Benefits

Cal U's Musical Theater concentration melds an excellent educational foundation with ample opportunities to practice craft. Cal U theater students may:  

  • Perform in a vibrant season which includes musical theater, straight shows and dance.
  • Secure internships and regional performance opportunities with guidance from top faculty.
  • Increase opportunities in the competitive market by honing audition skills, developing your headshot/resume/website  and learning from presentations and workshops. 
  • Become well-versed in design or theater technology, which enhances marketability.
  • Work with Cal U's wide network of alumni to find meaningful summer and post-degree performance opportunities.
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Graduate Outcomes

 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a better-than-average increase in actors by 2024 as a result of growing demand for television, film and new media performers. Theater and drama teachers are also in demand, as vacancies in that career track have increased 36% since 2004. Graduates of Cal U's theater program are well-prepared to enter the competitive job market, and our alumni have gone on to prestigious careers as performers, teachers, and coaches in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

Musical Theater Bachelor's Degree
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High-Level Performance Opportunities

Cal U provides students with multiple quality performance opportunities, both in our own productions and across western Pennsylvania. Beginning in their freshman year, theater students travel with faculty to regional and national auditions and interviews. Faculty assist all students as they pursue summer and yearround professional opportunities and graduate study.

Musical theater majors at Cal U practice in studio.

Experienced Teachers

Our theater professors not only have excellent scholarly backgrounds, but they've also had extensive hands-on experience as professional performers and production managers.

A Cal U musical theater graduate sits on bench with cap and gown.

Why is Cal U a Smart Decision?

Callifornia University of Pennsylvania is among the best values available in higher education. This is particularly important for actors, as Backstage magazine reports, because "actors who have (little or) no student debt have more freedom and flexibility to manage the typical lifestyle of an actor in the American theater."

Musical Theater Bachelor's Degree Courses

Cal U's bachelor's degree with a concentration in musical theater produces a well-rounded performer with a broad liberal arts education.

Example Courses
  • Stagecraft 1
  • Musical Theater Performance I
  • Physical Theater And Creative Movement
  • Voice And Speech II: Stage Dialects
  • Fundamentals Of Acting
  • Fundamentals  Of Directing
  • Theater Practicum

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Concentrations
  • Theater (General)
    California University offers a degree in theater for undergraduates who want a cosmopolitan blend of all aspects of theater with the flexibility of tailoring study to a student's specific interests.
  • Design and Entertainment Technology
    Cal U theater majors with an interest in production design and entertainment technology often take advantage of this prescribed degree.
Minors
  • General Theater Minor
  • Theater History Minor
  • Musical Theater Minor
  • Dance Minor
  • Technical Theater Minor
  • Acting Minor

Additional Resources

What Can You Do With a Musical Theater Concentration

Performance Opportunities At Cal U

Theater Faculty

Brian Eisiminger
Instructor

eisiminger@calu.edu

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Diane Eperthener Buffington
Instructor

Buffington@calu.edu

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

hess_ra@calu.edu

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Sabrina Hykes-Davis
Assistant Professor

hykesdavis@calu.edu

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Dr. Michele A. Pagen
Professor

pagen@calu.edu

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Deborra Bergmark Peelor
Instructor
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Dr. John Paul Staszel
Assistant Professor

staszel@calu.edu

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