Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre program at UNC is designed to provide promising young performers with professionally structured voice, acting, and dance training for the professional stage.

Our alumni are working on and off Broadway, in major regional theatres, and in touring productions throughout the United States and across the globe.

In addition to intense classroom and studio training, students are also presented with numerous performance opportunities including main-stage musicals, operas, plays and dance concerts, one-acts, improv and sketch comedy troupes, and the Little Theatre of the Rockies professional summer stock theatre company.

In their senior year, Musical Theatre majors also have the opportunity to audition for New York and Los Angeles Showcases, which provide many of our graduates with invaluable networking opportunities with some of the industry’s leading agents and casting directors.

Performing Arts at UNC

The Musical Theatre major is a four-year undergraduate degree program.
Click here to view the Four Year Plan worksheet for Performing Arts

Coursework for Musical Theatre students may include:

  • Acting in Musical Theatre
  • Applied Voice: Individual Voice Study
  • Modern Dance
  • Audition Techniques
  • Acting Theories and Practice

Career options for graduates of the Musical Theatre program include:

  • Film and Television
  • Broadway
  • Touring Productions
  • Regional Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Students trained by UNC faculty are currently working as professionals in productions throughout the world, including Broadway, film, television, and national and international tours. Their credits include Fun Home (including Tony-Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical, UNC Alumna Beth Malone), Beautiful - The Carol King Musical, Kinky Boots, Shrek the Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, How to Succeed in Business, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Show Boat, Mama Mia, Tokyo Disney, and many others. (View Alumni News)

Students interested in the Acting program must audition for consideration. The School of Theatre Arts and Dance conducts auditions on campus as well as at various Thespian Festivals throughout the country.

Audition & Application Information
How to Apply

For more information or to schedule a visit to the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, contact Melanie Poston at (970) 351-1921 or email

View Performing Arts Faculty and Staff

"After I saw Anything Goes and Sweeney Todd, I wanted to be the first in line to join. It's amazing theatre along with the best undergraduate professional training I could have ever hoped for."

Cameron Stevens, UNC Musical Theatre Student

"This department means business...No one said it would be easy, and frankly, I'm glad for the challenge."

Melinda Cary Dickson, UNC Musical Theatre student

Faculty & Staff

UNC Performing Arts faculty are talented practitioners with wide ranging educational and professional backgrounds and a high level of dedication to the development of their students. All have worked professionally on stage and are members of their respective unions, including Equity, AFTRA, AGVA and SAG. In addition, guest artists from on- and off-Broadway, National Tours, and regional theatre, film and television often appear with students in UNC productions.

Monte Black


David Grapes

Directing, Playwriting

Matthew Herrick

Musical Theatre

John Leonard

Head of Musical Theatre & NYC Showcase

Tom McNally


Musical Theatre Productions & Events

There are many performance opportunities for Musical Theatre majors at UNC:

Performance Opportunities

The quality and quantity of UNC theatre productions is unparalleled in performing arts college or university programs in the Rocky Mountain region.

UNC theatre students showcase their talents on the stages of the 600-seat Langworthy theatre, the 1700-seat Union Colony Civic Center, and the intimate 100-seat Norton Theatre.

Throughout the year performances include 20 one-acts, five musicals, three operas, three dance productions and eight plays.