What is a musical theatre minor?

Musical theatre is one of the most interdisciplinary practices in the creative arts, blending intense music training, acting methodology, and dance practice and technique. The Furman musical theatre interdisciplinary minor takes a holistic approach that guides performers toward mastery of storytelling through one of America’s best-known art forms. By approaching musical theatre as a curricular endeavor, students will gain the ability to move seamlessly through all three disciplines and synthesize their work.

Why minor in musical theatre at Furman?

By combining studio practice with curricular discovery and performance opportunities, the musical theatre interdisciplinary minor cultivates students who are actively engaged in developing their craft. No matter your major, you will gain an equal balance between practice, theory and analysis through dance, music and theatre training.

How will you learn?

Dance students move from foundational courses to more advanced courses where you explore improvisational structures and compositional tools to heighten your kinetic awareness and broaden your movement vocabularies. Music students, by studying voice and musicianship with the music department curriculum, will gain proper vocal technique and an understanding of pitch, rhythm and musicality that will create dynamic performers. Acting students will study acting at multiple levels and participate in contemporary musical productions with Furman Theatre, discovering the intention and characterization behind every song. Get in touch with our admissions team to learn more.

Featured musical theatre courses

Sample courses incude:

  • 4
    Furman Theatre Main Stage productions each season
  • #6
    National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Southeast rank from U.S. News and World Report
  • #12
    Best College Theater rank by U.S. News and World Report

What our students say

“As a lover of both theatre and music, I’m very excited to be a musical theatre minor. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is well integrated and engaging. From stage movement techniques to the theory of acting to unlocking my voice, each of my courses has challenged me to develop as a musical theatre actress. I’ve learned more than I thought possible in just two semesters, and I’m delighted to continue.”
– Zoee Lawrence ’25

Meet the faculty

Maegan Azar

Associate Professor of Acting & Directing; Theatre Arts Department Chair

Grant Knox

Associate Professor of Voice; Director of Sarah Reese Lyric Theatre

Caroline J. Davis

Visiting Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Education

Erica Lustig

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice (Musical Theatre)
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Musical Theatre Minor F.A.Q.