My teaching philosophy is simple … we are all life-long learners. Learning is the fabric that binds us together as human beings.
Our musical theatre majors blossom under the challenging direction of Clarke’s esteemed faculty. You’ll study an intense curriculum including performance techniques, musical theatre history, and theatrical literature, as well as all the technical aspects of set, lighting, costumes, and makeup. You won’t just spend the first few years of the program watching other people perform … you’ll gain performance experience from your first semester on campus. Our graduates emerge from the program with knowledge of musical theatre literature and historical perspective needed to become successful performers in musical theatre.
Our musical theatre major is designed to provide you with a balanced mix of acting, voice, and dance classes. Working closely with the Music Department, we emphasize the synthesis of acting, singing, and dancing. These include both applied skills courses such as Audition Techniques, Music Theory and Dance, and academically oriented courses such as Theatre History and dramatic literature courses. You will also gain knowledge in technical theatre through such courses as Production Techniques and Stagecrafts. Graduates will have the necessary performance techniques, knowledge of musical theatre literature, and the historical perspective needed to become successful musical theatre performers.
Admission to Clarke University
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
Program in Pictures
I believe in cultivating a classroom in which students embrace risk and feel the freedom to create, fail, and create again!
My goal is to help students find their way through this part of their life and discover the potential that is within them as they look to the future.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
I was challenged from the minute I walked through the door. The various roles I received were amazing and allowed me to reach my full potential as a performer.
The school is small, the teachers are awesome, the campus is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the people are great!
All the activities I am involved in have helped me make better friendships and connections at Clarke.
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Musical theatre students work one-on-one with faculty in intense performance situations with individual performance and design instruction.
Percent of musical theatre graduates who report being employed in their field or continuing their education after graduation.