Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre

  • Overview

    When the stage is calling, William Peace University’s Musical Theatre program will prepare you to answer.

    With a BFA in Musical Theatre from WPU, you will have the skills and confidence to work in professional theatre or in any number of other careers in which performance skills are an asset. As a Musical Theatre major, you will study under and be mentored by an accomplished faculty and guest artists with impressive academic achievements as well as Broadway, television and film credits. The performance-oriented program is a demanding one, featuring rigorous training in acting, voice, dance, musicianship, history and technical theatre. The curriculum requires theatre internships. In addition, you may choose to study abroad, and our senior trip to New York will give you the opportunity to take part in professional auditions.


    Our BFA in Musical Theatre requires an audition to be accepted into the program. All theatre majors are eligible to audition for theatre scholarships. Those interested in auditioning for the B.F.A. program should prepare 32-bars of two, contrasting songs and a monologue that is one minute in length. Selected material should showcase the actor’s range and strengths. Auditions are made by appointment only via email:

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    Study Musical Theatre at WPU
    Work with industry veterans to develop and hone your skills, experience, connections and confidence
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

    *Liberal Education Curriculum: Under the Liberal Education requirements, Theatre majors must take THE 112: Introduction to Acting in place of COM 101.

    Liberal Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Musical Theatre Core Courses64-65 credit hours
    Musical Theatre Electives8-9 credit hours
    General Electives7-8 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre120 credit hours


    Musical Theatre Core Courses64-65 credit hours
    Music (15 credit hours)3
    THE 175: Music Theory I3
    THE 176: Music Theory II3
    THE 275: Music Theory III3
    THE 151: Applied Voice (1 credit hour each taken six (6) times)6
    Production (12 credit hours)
    THE 148: Stagecraft and Design I3
    THE 248: Stagecraft and Design II or THE 338: Costume and Makeup or THE 425: Directing3
    THE 101: Production (Cast or Tech Section; 1 credit hour each taken six (6) times)6
    Dance (8 credit hours)
    THE 167: Dance I: Ballet2
    THE 168: Dance II: Jazz2
    THE 267: Dance III: Modern2
    THE 268: Dance IV: Musical Theatre Styles2
    Acting (15 credit hours)
    THE 112: Acting I: Introduction to Acting3
    THE 212: Acting II: Voice and Movement3
    THE 312: Acting III: Methods3
    THE 412: Acting IV: Audition Techniques3
    Theatre History (6 credit hours)
    THE 385: History of Musical Theatre3
    THE 390: Theatre History or THE 391: Contemporary Drama3
    Theatre Elective (8-9 credit hours)
    ENG 422: Shakespeare or ENG 425: Women on Stage or THE 315: Classics3
    Choose 5-6 additional credit hours in THE
    No more than 2 credits as THE 151: Applied Voice
    No more than 2 credits as THE 171: Applied Piano
    No additional hours permitted as THE 101: Production
    THE 151: Applied Voice1
    THE 171: Applied Piano1
    THE 180: Music Appreciation3
    THE 225: Arts in Society3
    THE 295: Special Topics1 – 3
    THE 320: Theatre for Young Audiences3
    THE 325: Business and Technology for the Actor3
    THE 322: Improvisation3
    THE 345: Stage Combat3
    THE 367: Dance: Tap2
    THE 368: Dance – Advanced Musical Theatre Styles2
    THE 467: Dance – Choreography 12
    THE 468: Dance – Choreography 22



    Must complete 7-8 elective credit hours7-8
  • Faculty
    Matt Hodge, WPU professor.
    Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Theatre
    Associate Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre
    Wade Newhouse, WPU Professor.
    Program Director of Theatre; Professor of English
  • Careers

    Musical Theatre majors develop strong singing, dancing and acting skills needed to make a mark on the professional and wonderful world of theatre. WPU students perform in William Peace Theatre productions throughout their careers as students, where they build vocal technique, repertoire and musicianship through private lessons focused specifically on current musical theatre style.

    WPU graduates go on to various careers in areas such as costume design, directing, set design, producing, acting and teaching.

    Recent Peace internships include:

    • North Carolina Theatre
    • Theatre in the Park
    • Opera House of Wilmington
    • Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
    • Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy
    • Raleigh’s Village Idiots

    Recent employment:

    • Last Comic Standing
    • Chelsea Lately
    • North Carolina Theatre
    • Theatre in the Park
    • Groundlings

    Recent graduate school acceptances:

    • Harvard University
    • The Juilliard School
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • AMDA
    • UCLA
  • Performances

    2018-2019 Season

    Main Stage Productions

    • Speech and Debate
    • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
    • Julius Caesar
    • Hair
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • Senior Recitals
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)

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    2017-2018 Season


    • An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
    • The Wild Party
    • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
    • Assassins
    • King Lear (Partnership with Honest Pint Theatre Company)
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)

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    2016-2017 Season


    • Kiss Me, Kate
    • The Laramie Project
    • Noises Off
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • The Pillowman (Student-Directed Production)
    • Finding Clara (Student-Directed Staged Reading)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals

    2015-2016 Season


    • The Music Man
    • The Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
    • Twelfth Night
    • American Idiot
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • Macbeth (Staged Reading for Shakespeare Marathon in partnership with NC Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals
WPU Senior, Josh Walker
"I'm so privileged when someone comes to a show who has never experienced theatre."
Josh Walker
Musical Theatre '17

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WPU students performing on stage.
WPU professor, Amy White.

“Raleigh Little Theatre and WPU have been two of my artistic homes for several years. It’s wonderful to have such a great collaboration between these two organizations.”

WPU Professor, Amy White, Directs Raleigh Little Theatre’s “The Revolutionists”
WPU Theatre & Musical Theatre Professor
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