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.

Children of Eden, Spring 2015

Ragtime, Spring 2012

Sunday in the Park with George, Fall 2015

Sweeney Todd, Spring 2014

Side Show, Fall 2014

Admission and Auditions

Admission to the Musical Theatre program requires successful completion of an audition. The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a variety of audition opportunities, including on-campus audition days, auditions at various festivals and events around the United States, and the option to submit a video audition.

Audition Information

Performance Opportunities

The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a wealth of performance opportunities including mainstage musicals and plays, as well as a variety of student-led productions. UNC is also home to the Little Theatre of the Rockies, a summer stock company that attracts theatre professionals from across the country to work along side our students.

Students have the opportunity to audition for a variety of plays and musicals each year. Past productions include:

  • Anything Goes
  • Parade
  • August: Osage County
  • The Piano Lesson

Pictured: The Who's Tommy, Spring 2016

UNC's Little Theatre of the Rockies is the oldest professional theatre company in Colorado and includes performance opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and theatre professionals.

Learn more on the Little Theatre of the Rockies website.

Pictured: Aida, Summer 2015

"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

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