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Minor in Musical Theatre

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.

What can you do with a musical theatre minor?

By training students in the foundations of collaborative musical theatre technique, this minor will supplement their major exploration by building skills, enabling exploration and empowering performance through the intersections of dance, music and theatre. Performance and appreciation skills will travel with you wherever you go, whether it’s graduate school, community performances or a professional stage career.

Musical theatre courses

Foundations of Musical Theatre

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Musical Theatre Dance

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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

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“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

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s musical theatre faculty represents decades of study and real-world expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Maegan McNerney Azar
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Acting & Directing; Theatre Arts Department Chair

    Maegan Azar

    Maegan McNerney Azar
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Acting & Directing; Theatre Arts Department Chair

    Phone Number: 8642942127

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  • Grant Knox
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Voice; Director of Lyric Opera; Coordinator of Voice

    Grant Knox

    Grant Knox
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Voice; Director of Lyric Opera; Coordinator of Voice

    Phone Number: 8642943034

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  • Alison Trainer
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Voice

    Alison Trainer

    Alison Trainer
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Voice

    Phone Number: 8642942223

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  • Caroline J. Davis
    Title:

    Visiting Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Education

    Caroline Davis

    Caroline J. Davis
    Title:

    Visiting Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Education

    Phone Number: 8642942516

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  • FAQ

    How do I declare a musical theatre minor?

    For the musical theatre minor, all students are asked to take part in a low-stakes audition to assess placement for studios. Please contact Maegan Azar to request information about how to audition.

    How many minors can I declare?

    There is no limit to the number of minors a student may declare.

    Why should I take on a minor?

    A minor program is an excellent way to explore additional interests, gain additional skills to attract future employers, and discover connections between different subjects you’re passionate about. Many students find that completing a minor makes for a more well-rounded and complete educational experience.

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