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New York Film Academy Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor Of Fine Arts (BFA) In Musical Theatre

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The Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre's groundbreaking Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Musical Theatre program offers aspiring performers real-world training and experience to pursue their creative goals in the performing arts. This four-year, eight-semester program merges the most prominent facets of the performing arts industry: the musical theatre stage and screen.

With a faculty of professionals who actively work in the Broadway, dance, voiceover, television, and film industries, students will receive hands-on education in all performance-based mediums. Our program is uniquely designed to give students the opportunity to hone their skills in the central hub for launching musical theatre careers – New York City.

Throughout the program, students participate in a broad array of classes that focus on helping them find the actor within, expand their vocal and physical range, and guide them to learn and apply the emotional, physical, and technical work necessary for quality stage and on-camera acting. Audition and performance opportunities may include mainstage productions, readings and staged workshops of new works, open mic nights, scene presentations, masterclasses, showcases, in-class production work as well as movie musical exercises.


Degree Details

NYFA's BFA in Musical Theatre follows a traditional four-year undergraduate schedule of eight semesters.

New York Film Academy is in the process of seeking Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approval for non-immigrant F-1 student statuses for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre degree program. International students who are interested in studying with us as part of this program should still contact our admissions team to learn more about the program.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theatre program curriculum includes:
  • Classes in advanced musical theatre covering topics such as pop rock, improv, singing for the camera, voiceover, comedy, audition technique, period styles, and acting for film
  • Instruction, critique, and individual attention from our faculty, consisting of Broadway and screen performers and industry professionals that also include Music Directors, Stage Directors, and Choreographers
  • Comprehensive dance curriculum including Theatre Dance / Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Ballroom & Conditioning, Commercial / Street Jazz, Hip Hop, and Dance Audition Technique
  • Professionally equipped voice practice rooms and dance studios
  • Exclusive guest lectures with industry professionals such as Actors, Casting Directors, Agents, and Composers
To learn more, see NYFA's Course Catalog or request more information.

Admissions Requirements
Prospective BFA musical theatre students must submit an application, an audition, and meet the supplemental requirements for acceptance. The audition requires:
  • Two (2) contrasting musical theatre songs - approximately 60-90 seconds each; and
  • One (1) contemporary monologue from a published American play - approximately 60-90 seconds; and
  • At least one (1) dance video - the applicant will be given a choice to submit a solo piece or replicate a tutorial provided to them; and
  • Wild Card (optional) - this video can be a pop/rock song, another style of dance, a special skill, an instrument that you play, etc. - what do you want us to know about you and what makes you unique?
Prospective students may audition in-person, virtually or through a video submission.

To learn more, visit our Admissions Requirements page.

Projects
Students complete fully-produced main stage musicals and New Works Series, musical theatre exercises on film, a collaborative showcase, a thesis solo performance, a final Graduation Package, as well as additional on-camera content. At the end of the program, students perform in an industry showcase for casting directors and agents. To learn more details about the program, see NYFA's Course Catalog.

Liberal Arts and Sciences
A strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences is crucial to the development of a performer. In addition to their musical theatre and performing arts coursework, students further their undergraduate studies in Foundation Studies, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The liberal arts and sciences courses complement the performing arts courses, creating a balanced course load that emphasizes critical thinking and develops college-level writing skills.

Prospective students can learn more about BFA requirements on our Liberal Arts and Sciences page.

Locations
Our Musical Theatre programs are located at our New York campus, where students get extraordinary exposure to the New York City theatre, tv & film communities. At the culmination of the BFA Program, students perform in an Industry Showcase for Casting Directors, Agents, and Managers who will provide feedback and critique.



Course Descriptions

FIRST SEMESTER
Acting I
Music Theory & Sight Singing
Song Interpretation
Voice Studio Lab I
Ballet I
Theatre Dance / Jazz I
Private Voice

SECOND SEMESTER
Acting II
Musical Theatre Audition Technique
Performance Lab I
Voice & Speech I
Ballet II
Theatre Dance / Jazz II
Private Voice

THIRD SEMESTER
Acting III
Ensemble I
Pop/Rock I
Comedy
Performance Lab II
Theatre Dance / Jazz III
Ballet III
Private Voice

FOURTH SEMESTER
Musical Theatre Scene Study
Musical Theatre Improvisation
Acting for the Camera I
Performance Lab III
Voice & Speech II
Theatre Dance / Jazz IV
Ballet IV
Private Voice

FIFTH SEMESTER
Period Styles
Pop/Rock II
Repertoire
Ensemble II
Tap I
Ballroom & Conditioning
Private Voice

SIXTH SEMESTER
Acting for the Camera II
Singing for the Camera
Voice Studio Lab II
Tap II
Commercial / Street Jazz
Showcase Collaboration
Movie Musicals
Private Voice

SEVENTH SEMESTER
Performing Shakespeare
Performance Lab IV
Professional Voiceover
Tap III
Hip Hop
The Business of Musical Theatre
Digital Media Content
Thesis Solo Performance Development
Private Voice

EIGHT SEMESTER
Acting IV
Adv. Musical Theatre Audition Tech
Auditioning for the Camera
Musical Theatre Industry Showcase
Thesis Solo Performance
Movement & Combat
Theatre Styles
Dance Audition Technique
Private Voice

ELECTIVES
Dialects
Second Language Seminar
Stage & Screen Makeup
New Media
Stage Management
Directors Perspective
On & Off Camera Reel

FIRST SEMESTER

ACTING I

In this course students will be introduced to the fundamentals of acting: identifying given circumstances, objectives, obstacles, and point of view. These fundamentals will be applied to their acting work and incorporated into their entire curriculum. Students will engage in numerous exercises focusing on imagination, listening, and play in order to train the actor's reflexes toward truth within imaginary circumstances.

MUSIC THEORY & SIGHT SINGING

In this course students will begin to develop a free and healthy voice and an awareness of vocal tendencies and adverse conditioning. Various techniques will be taught, including and not limited to Fitzmaurice Voicework, Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Linklater, Lessac, and Skinner. Through exploration of phonetic sounds and optimal vowel formation a deeper, more precise and nuanced experience of sounds will be felt. Students will experience a more visceral and direct connection to their voice, unimpeded by habitual tension. An ability to connect images while letting the image resonate through the voice with supported breath will be emphasized through working with text.

SONG INTERPRETATION

This course introduces students to the techniques and comprehensive disciplines required for interpreting the various styles of the musical theatre canon. It is designed to provide exposure to the script, score and artistic analysis necessary for successful interpretation of a song. Students concentrate on safe and effective ways to sing songs from various periods of musical theatre, ranging from the distant past to present day."

VOICE STUDIO LAB I

Students will be introduced to the essentials of healthy singing process including: The anatomy of singing, vocal health regimes, healthy vocal warm-ups, and singing sound to sound. This is the class for students to explore technical & stylistic questions while mastering the vocal challenges found in the ever-expanding Musical Theatre canon.

BALLET I

This course provides a highly disciplined and developmentally appropriate sequence of ballet training. In-class training focuses upon building strength, flexibility, musicality, and coordination. The course will cover the basics of placement/alignment, turnout, line of positions, port a bras, quality of movement, class etiquette, ballet terminology, and the knowledge base necessary to move forward in the dance sequence.

THEATRE DANCE / JAZZ I

This course teaches proper dance alignment and basic dance technique necessary for advancement in Jazz/Theatre Dance. This course aims to increase strength, flexibility, endurance, and the ability to learn and retain choreography. In addition to the practical application of technique, students are introduced to dance history and prominent choreographers in Musical Theatre.

PRIVATE VOICE

Students receive weekly one-hour private lessons. Individualized instruction will focus on breathing techniques, ease in vocal production, vocal exercises to strengthen the instrument while expanding vocal range, and overall musicality. Private lessons provide technical support and quality time for students to explore the challenges found in the various styles of song assignments made in their singing classes and performance opportunities.

SECOND SEMESTER

Acting II

This course will continue to explore living truthfully under imaginary circumstances in text work from Modern to Contemporary plays. It will continue to work on emotional preparation, script analysis, exploring the range of the human condition, and building a Monologue repertoire.

Musical Theatre Audition Technique

This course is designed to introduce students to the specific techniques associated with auditioning for professional musical theatre. Students will develop an understanding of the vocabulary and function of auditioning and develop an array of audition materials that will be put to use in simulated audition experiences.

Performance Lab I

This is a performance-based course that approaches musical theater the same way an actor explores text in a play. During the course, each student develops necessary skills to thoughtfully investigate material in order to combine organic choices in movement, acting and singing. Students explore the fundamentals of text analysis and research in order to provide intentions, stakes and conflict for each character in a variety of contrasting musical theater genres.

Voice & Speech I

This introductory course gives students the tools to explore basic elements of clear and understandable speech. Using various methods, students will learn anatomical awareness, the value of operative words to increase clarity, and how to become more flexible with their vocal instrument. Students will hone a vocal technique that is open, free, flexible, lively, and possessing an extensive and colorful range, while also identifying habits that may impact the connection between the body and the voice.

Ballet II

This course provides a more advanced level of training by building upon technique learned in Ballet I with a continued emphasis on strength, flexibility, musicality, coordination and ballet terminology. Students will learn about the history of dance, current trends, and masters of the art form. Dance audition technique is introduced.

Theatre Dance / Jazz II

This course is designed to build upon Jazz & Theatre Dance I. More advanced work is incorporated, including significant challenges in the warm up, across the floor work, centering, and combinations. An emphasis is placed upon audition etiquette, preparation, and conduct; incorporating mini-auditions and callbacks. Students are guided to employ the acting and storytelling elements of dance.

Private Voice

Students receive weekly one-hour private lessons. Individualized instruction will focus on breathing techniques, ease in vocal production, vocal exercises to strengthen the instrument while expanding vocal range, and overall musicality. Private lessons provide technical support and quality time for students to explore the challenges found in the various styles of song assignments made in their singing classes and performance opportunities.

THIRD SEMESTER

ACTING III

This course continues the work that began in Acting II and applies it to Golden Age plays and playwrights. Building upon the use of repetition and related activities, the course explores techniques for deeper emotional commitment and more fully realized immersion in the given circumstances. Students learn how to craft specific character relationships based on the text and on the behavioral choices of their acting partner.

ENSEMBLE I

This course is designed to help students increase knowledge of rehearsal techniques, professional behavior, and musical skills. Students receive practical training in ensemble singing in large groups, duets, trios, and small group numbers.

POP/ROCK I

This course is designed to introduce musical theatre students to basic concepts of pop/rock singing with performance assignments of music originally developed outside of the musical theatre canon. Students learn a brief cultural history of pop/rock through the decades as well as its significant influence on contemporary musical theatre.

COMEDY

This course is designed to help students identify their own brand of humor, explore archetypes, the art of comedic storytelling, and how to apply these skills to the comic demands within the art of musical theatre. The course provides an overview of the styles of comedy and offers applicable tools to facilitate ease with the performers task in musical theatre.

PERFORMANCE LAB II

This course is designed to deepen confidence in performance and solidify the process of character development and analysis learned in Performance Lab I. The foundation of work in the course originates from accessing impulse, deepening commitment to stakes, circumstances, and the style of the chosen material. From this foundation students explore various techniques to activate performance physically, vocally and emotionally. Attention is given to complex material assigned for students as well as pairing for scene work within the context of song choices.

THEATRE DANCE / JAZZ III

Students learn theatre dance choreography that improves their dance technique, ability to pick up and execute choreography while maintaining a character and presentation. Focus is on learning advanced choreography in every class with material similar to a professional level NYC dance class or audition. Students will also be introduced to the elements of creating choreography and participate in a student driven project.

BALLET III

This course provides the next level of advanced ballet training. In-class training builds upon the work of the first two terms with continued emphasis on strength, flexibility, musicality, and coordination. Students learn subtleties of movement while executing steps, develop an understanding of the dynamics of music and musical phrasing, absorb the virtues of clarity, exact timing, and practice complex variations at the barre and in the center. Focus on dance audition technique continues.

PRIVATE VOICE

Students receive weekly one-hour private lessons. Individualized instruction will focus on breathing techniques, ease in vocal production, vocal exercises to strengthen the instrument while expanding vocal range, and overall musicality. Private lessons provide technical support and quality time for students to explore the challenges found in the various styles of song assignments made in their singing classes and performance opportunities.

FOURTH SEMESTER

MUSICAL THEATRE SCENE STUDY

This course focuses on using musical theatre dialogue, music, and lyrics in an active, tangible scene study format. Students will analyze and rehearse scenes from the Golden Age of musical theatre to 21st Century musicals and implement their analysis into performance.

MUSICAL THEATRE IMPROVISATION

Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation. Working in pairs and groups, students create improvised scenes and environments, in order to explore character, learn to trust their instincts, and practice making honest, fully committed choices. Through the study and practice of musical improvisation, students will see how it enhances and applies to their performance work including text, music, and lyrical components.

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA I

This course will focus on the development and transition from stage to screen. Students will be immersed in the elements of filmmaking and gaining experience behind and in front of the camera. Throughout this course actors will work on scenes focusing on utilizing the acting techniques learned in their previous acting classes and applying them to the camera.

PERFORMANCE LAB III

This course builds upon skills deepened in Performance Lab II with an emphasis on ensemble numbers and including scene work leading into song performance. This course continues to emphasize working with accessing impulse, refining scene comprehension based on script analysis, and exploring varieties of material that would include modern musical theatre composers. The class continues to integrate physical and vocal choices that deepens the nuance of the performer’s interpretation of material.

VOICE AND SPEECH II

Building upon the foundations established in Voice & Speech I, students explore the application of learned vocal techniques to text in order to expand vocal variety and organic connection to the character and story. Various techniques will be taught, including, and not limited to Fitzmaurice Voicework, Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Linklater, Lessac, and Skinner.

THEATRE DANCE / JAZZ IV

Students continue building on everything learned in Jazz & Theatre Dance I - III. They are pushed even further during their center work, across the floor and center combinations. Students will be expected to pick up and retain longer and or more advanced material, comparable to a professional level dance class or audition. Students learn more about Broadway theatre dance expectations for stage or screen.

BALLET IV

This course is the final term of ballet. In- class training builds upon the work of all previous terms with continued emphasis on strength, flexibility, musicality, and coordination. This course focuses on excellence in form and the application of technique to dramatic and comic interpretation. Dance audition technique continues to be a focus.

PRIVATE VOICE

Students receive weekly one-hour private lessons. Individualized instruction will focus on breathing techniques, ease in vocal production, vocal exercises to strengthen the instrument while expanding vocal range, and overall musicality. Private lessons provide technical support and quality time for students to explore the challenges found in the various styles of song assignments made in their singing classes and performance opportunities.

FIFTH SEMESTER

PERIOD STYLES

This course builds upon previously acquired acting techniques, allowing students to develop characters on a phycological and physical level. Students will focus on elevated text and language, rhetoric, and rhythm, while researching and exploring a range of theatrical traditions including but not limited to, Greek Theatre, Commedia Dell'Arte and Operetta, Comedy from Moliere to Coward to Durang including Comedy of Manners, and the Theatre of the Absurd and Postmodernism.

POP/ROCK II

Building upon Pop/Rock I, students work through multiple genres of pop/rock though the ages and accumulate workable tools for the audition/rehearsal rooms. Students become comfortable identifying markers and successfully navigating vocally between genres. The different physical styles of pop/rock as translated to musical theatre storytelling will be identified and practiced. Special emphasis is placed on finding suitable material for each individual voice and sung in a healthy manner that aligns with the acting demands of the song.

REPERTOIRE

This course focuses on finding material to curate a personalized book of songs for professional musical theatre auditions. The audition book will contain songs from specific genres of musical theatre and pop/rock which highlight the strengths, abilities, range and essence of each individual performer.

ENSEMBLE II

This course builds upon the work of both Ensemble I and Music Theory. The focus of this course is to identify the tools a musician can utilize for a musical rehearsal setting and beyond, to make informed musical choices and learn material more quickly. These tools are put into practice through sight singing, ear training and ensemble music rehearsal, including duets, trios, and group numbers. Expanding the actors' musical vocabulary through listening exercises is also a focus.

TAP I

This course is an introduction to the basic tap dance principles and techniques. Tap is a style of American theatrical dance, distinguished by percussive footwork, which marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the floor. This course focuses on Broadway style tap dancing, incorporating warm up, drills, standard tap steps, terminology, and choreography.

BALLROOM & CONDITIONING

In this course, students study no less than two standard dance forms selected from but not limited to the following: Fox Trot, Swing, Tango, Waltz, Quick Step, Salsa. Ballroom dance helps actors to develop confidence, stage presence, and increases their physical, emotional and rhythmic sensitivity. Conditioning is an integral part of dance training and the longevity of a healthy dancer.

PRIVATE VOICE

Students receive weekly one-hour private lessons. Individualized instruction will focus on breathing techniques, ease in vocal production, vocal exercises to strengthen the instrument while expanding vocal range, and overall musicality. Private lessons provide technical support and quality time for students to explore the challenges found in the various styles of song assignments made in their singing classes and performance opportunities.

SIXTH SEMESTER

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II

In this class students continue to focus on giving honest, intimate performances for the camera. Along with breaking down scripts, making bold specific choices, exploring the given circumstances, and finding the environment, other advanced acting skills will be addressed including close-ups and the importance of continuity. A variety of genres will be explored including but not limited to, drama, sitcoms, and procedurals.

SINGING FOR THE CAMERA

In this course, students will explore the use of film to interpret storytelling and subtext in song. The work will involve coaching, recording vocals, learning how to lip sync authentically to their pre-recorded singing, and story boarding a creative vision that, with instructor's guidance, will utilize three different camera angles to explore that particular vision. This class is also to prepare the student's final project for Movie Musicals class to utilize the student's vision and direction.

VOICE STUDIO LAB II

Students will revisit the fundamentals taught in Voice Studio Lab-1 with special emphasis on maintaining vocal health, breathing/ appoggio, and singing sound to sound vs. syllable to syllable. Additional methods of learning including deliberate practice, understanding your voice’s dynamic range, and the stylistic challenges presented in extreme vocalism (Pop/Rock) will be explored.

TAP II

This course emphasizes rhythm as a tool of discovery and analysis; practice in active dance and performance; and attention to audience, purpose, and structure. Students learn to produce stand-alone choreography and steps provided by the teacher. Additional emphasis is placed on learning audition techniques and the ability to understand dance steps and vocabulary.

COMMERCIAL / STREET JAZZ

In this high energy Commercial / Street Jazz class the students learn body awareness, musicality, movement execution, and warmups to help develop stamina. The students are versed in modern movement to prepare for video, TV, film, and commercial auditions.

SHOWCASE COLLABORATION

As a class, students will direct, choreograph, and work together to create a musical theatre showcase. Students learn about the specific creative formats that succeed in engaging an audience, establishing a mood and telling a story. With instructor support and guidance, this will be mounted and performed in front of a live audience.

MOVIE MUSICALS

This course will focus on the world of movie musicals and explore storytelling through cinematography, direction, production design, editing, actor interpretation, etc. As a final project, the course will combine the skills learned in Singing for Camera and the theoretical knowledge acquired in this course to shoot a musical theatre song interpreted and reimagined for the screen.

PRIVATE VOICE

Students receive weekly one-hour private lessons. Individualized instruction will focus on breathing techniques, ease in vocal production, vocal exercises to strengthen the instrument while expanding vocal range, and overall musicality. Private lessons provide technical support and quality time for students to explore the challenges found in the various styles of song assignments made in their singing classes and performance opportunities.

SEVENTH SEMESTER

PERFORMING SHAKESPEARE

This is an Actor's course on performing Shakespeare in which students will experience the heightened language and circumstances through breath, voice, and body. Students will develop a fundamental comprehension of the structure of text. They will explore Shakespeare’s world by combining breath and thought with physical storytelling and poetic language. This course will be taught through experiential work on monologues and scene work.

PERFORMANCE LAB IV

This course builds upon all previous performance labs. Students are challenged each week to perform songs at the uppermost level of their talent. The bar is raised in this course to a level matching the expectations of the current Broadway marketplace. Students are expected to rise to the highest, most professional level of performance. In this course, material is selected to match each individual student’s most viable marketplace type. Some material worked on and developed in this course could be used in a final showcase or performance event.

PROFESSIONAL VOICEOVER

This course introduces each student to the practical tools and opportunities unique to the world of professional voiceover work. Students learn how to analyze and interpret copy from a variety of voiceover sources, proper microphone usage, vocal modulation based on script needs and an understanding of their unique voiceover strengths. In this comprehensive course, different areas of voiceover will be covered including commercial, promo and animation, as well as setting up a home studio, basic editing, creating your own demo reel, and how to pursue a career in the voiceover industry. At the end of the course, students will be supplied with a sample of their most successful audio recordings, edited by a professional sound engineer.

TAP III

Moving into the more advanced styles of Tap. This course emphasizes rhythm as a tool of discovery and analysis; practice in active dance and performance; and attention to audience, purpose, and structure. Students learn to produce stand-alone choreography and steps provided by the teacher. Additional emphasis is placed on learning audition techniques and the ability to understand dance steps and vocabulary.

HIP HOP

This course is designed to teach the basic elements of hip hop dance. Students learn to isolate their bodies, top rock for breakdance, house dance movement, popping, waving and other forms of hip hop dance and street styles. Emphasis is placed on core strength training, musicality, audition techniques, and finding each students' own hip hop dance style.

THE BUSINESS OF MUSICAL THEATRE

This course is a practical resource for performers who seek to maintain a balance in their professional and personal lives. With a focus on living and working in musical theatre, we will explore the different kinds of theatre that offer employment from Broadway to Off-Broadway, Tour, Regional, Non-Profit, etc. We will also discuss the pool of casting directors and personal representation options, sourcing, casting websites, submitting for and attending auditions, crafting a proper resume, creating bios, wardrobe, headshot photographers, reels, website creation, networking, contract negotiations, personal finances and budgeting, survival jobs and taxes.

DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT

In this course, students will evaluate, identify, rehearse, and film both acting and musical theatre material for websites, reels, social media and audition submissions. During this class, students will also have the chance to partake in multiple master classes with industry professionals that will help guide their transition into the professional world. Initial work on the industry showcase will begin in this course as well.

THESIS SOLO PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT

Students will create and rehearse a short solo thesis, incorporating musical theatre performance, narrative, and movement. The course will focus on generating new material through creative writing exercises, improvisation, and studying the existing canon of solo performance texts. Students will explore their own personal artistic vision, learn dramatic structure, and gain tools and exercises for generating new work.

PRIVATE VOICE

Students receive weekly one-hour private lessons. Individualized instruction will focus on breathing techniques, ease in vocal production, vocal exercises to strengthen the instrument while expanding vocal range, and overall musicality. Private lessons provide technical support and quality time for students to explore the challenges found in the various styles of song assignments made in their singing classes and performance opportunities.

EIGHT SEMESTER

ACTING IV

This course integrates all previous acting work, applying it to a variety of genres and styles within the framework of the professional contemporary theatre. Exercises and assignments are employed to address individual student acting challenges, including building a degree of confidence and ownership with specific material. Special emphasis is placed on retaining truthful behavior regardless the circumstances and professional demands.

ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION TECHNIQUE

This class provides students with techniques and skills necessary to navigate professional musical theatre audition settings at the Broadway level. Special attention is given to selecting the best audition material for the student's current moment of their journey. Callbacks, preparation of sides, cold reads, musical arrangements, etiquette within the audition room, and finalized headshots, resumes and websites are discussed amidst weekly simulated auditions.

AUDITIONING FOR THE CAMERA

This course develops and strengthens the students' audition technique skills with cold readings and mock on-camera auditions. Using contemporary television and film scripts, focus will be placed on incorporating casting director adjustments and director feedback in auditions and callbacks.

MUSICAL THEATRE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE

The Musical Theatre Industry Showcase in New York City is an important final step in our professional training program, in which students will perform for casting directors, agents and managers. With the guidance of a director/instructor and musical director, students will develop, rehearse, and perform an industry showcase consisting of group and solo work. The course will concentrate on finding material that best showcases themselves as individuals, while highlighting each student’s performance strengths in order to most effectively introduce them to the industry at large.

THESIS SOLO PERFORMANCE

This course is an extension of Thesis Development where students will continue rehearsing, staging, and polishing the material generated through a series of re-writes and feedback from the instructor and classmates. Each performer will create a basic set look and visual marketing design for their solo show. Students will direct and produce their own pieces and provide supportive, critical feedback for their peers through group writing sessions and presentations. The class will culminate in a staged premier of each original solo performance.

MOVEMENT & COMBAT

The first half of this semester is aimed at the fundamental understanding of the importance of movement, space, weight, and time as theatrical principles. In the second half of this course student will learn the essentials of stage and film combat. With an emphasis on safety, students will learn a basic vocabulary and fight related illusions. This course helps the actor increase awareness, range, and physical freedom while fostering a collaborative approach to theatre through partner work and ensemble building projects.

THEATRE DANCE STYLES

Course will cover different eras of Theater dance and include dance styles of some of the most influential Broadway choreographers to date.

DANCE AUDITION TECHNIQUE

This is a highly demanding course that concentrates on the format, expectation, rigor, and structure of professional musical theatre dance auditions. Students are put through the paces under a variety of contexts. Emphasis is placed on professional focus, demonstrated capacity to commit to and learn choreography quickly and effectively, and a clear understanding of how best to manage variables of the musical theatre dance audition process.

PRIVATE VOICE

Students receive weekly one-hour private lessons. Individualized instruction will focus on breathing techniques, ease in vocal production, vocal exercises to strengthen the instrument while expanding vocal range, and overall musicality. Private lessons provide technical support and quality time for students to explore the challenges found in the various styles of song assignments made in their singing classes and performance opportunities.

ELECTIVES

DIALECTS

In this course students will practice their auditory and visual transcriptions of IPA, accents, and dialects. Students will be introduced to regional US accents, contemporary London accent, and one additional accent of the students’ choice. Text will be explored in terms of literary devices as well as pitch, volume, and tempo, to best convey a truthful character.

SECOND LANGUAGE SEMINAR

In this course international students and students who want to examine their own accents on a more personal level, will develop a deeper knowledge of IPA in terms of their own language and dialects. Regional similarities and differences in dialects will be explored in terms of culture, including music, politics, and geography.

STAGE AND SCREEN MAKEUP

This is an introductory course to practical makeup design. This will be a hands-on class with faculty instructing students in basic makeup procedures and the application of prosthetics. The semester will conclude with students presenting a makeup design and execution of a character from live theatre or film.

NEW MEDIA

The New Media course introduces students to New Media landscape and presents an overview of the tools that can helps students take control of their careers. Each student will create, pitch, and write a “pilot” for a scripted Webisode. The pilot scripts should not exceed five pages and will be accompanied by a Blueprint for a Pitch Package or “bible” that will outline future episodes for a completed series and introduce the world that the show will create on the web. The class is broken down into both Lecture and Workshop where students will present material for the New Media concept and project.

STAGE MANAGEMENT

In this course, students explore the fundamental techniques used by stage managers in the preproduction, rehearsal, and performance process. Focus will be placed on the stage managers necessary qualifications: organization and communication. A range of topics will be taught including but not limited to, technical script analysis, prompting, blocking, and scheduling.

DIRECTOR'S PERSPECTIVE

In this course students will learn the basics of directing techniques, applying them to rehearsal methods, and while developing their own directing style, students will direct their peers. The course puts an emphasis on students becoming well rounded actors by viewing scripts and performances from the perspectives of their creative collaborators and guides. They will also learn the most up to date rehearsal procedures and essential information a performer needs to safely interact and collaborate with a wide range of directorial personalities and approaches.

ON & OFF CAMERA REEL

In this course, students will take a comprehensive look into necessary digital elements for marketplace viability. Thinking outside of the musical theatre box, the focus will be on curating copy, music and songs to be recorded for a multitude of audition opportunities, media visibility and promotional settings.

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