East Carolina University School of Theatre & Dance

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East Carolina University School of Theatre & Dance

The B.F.A. degree in Theatre Arts with a Musical Theatre concentration is designed to train performers for competitive entry into the field of commercial, Broadway-style musical theatre. The pre-professional program offers students introductory through advanced level courses in acting, music and dance essential for a career in musical theatre performance.


Musical Theatre students may also seek admittance to the Professional Actor Training Program after their freshman year. The Professional Actor Training Program is highly recommended to students who may qualify for admission to it since newer forms of musicals place ever-increasing emphasis on acting skills.

In addition to intensive study in acting, students do substantial training in ballet, jazz, tap and theatre dance techniques that offer students knowledge of choreographed movement and dance used in musical theatre productions. Program concentration courses in music are designed to enhance music skills expanding the student's knowledge of healthy vocal technique and musical repertoire.

At East Carolina University classroom work is put into practice by a very active production schedule. The East Carolina Playhouse and the East Carolina Summer Theatre present students with opportunities for practical demonstrations of their skills in actual performance situations in plays and musicals.

Top names in the world of artists and entertainers—from Tony Bennett to the Bolshoi Ballet, from Harry Belafonte to Wynton Marsalis, from My Fair Lady to the Russian National Orchestra—take part in Eastern North Carolina’s most highly acclaimed series.

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