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Musical Theatre

Why pursue a musical theatre degree at North Central College?

As a musical theatre major, each student will train to become a “triple threat” in acting, dancing and singing. Unlike a conservatory environment, the musical theatre program at North Central encourages exploring different kinds of performing arts across theatre, dance and music. This program is designed to prepare you to succeed in any theatrical environment but is especially equipped to help you audition nearby in the Chicago theatre scene for companies like Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf, The Other Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, and Greenhouse Theatre. At North Central, you’ll study with faculty who are accomplished actors and dramaturgs working in the Chicago theatre scene. You will have ample opportunity to act, sing, dance, direct plays and even write and produce your own dramatic art productions. Students looking to further develop their skills in the theatre arts will find a strong start to their career at North Central. 



  • Acting, singing, and dancing on stage professionally
  • Honing your voice, movement, improvisation and character study skills
  • Auditioning for and performing in multiple shows a week

then a degree in MUSICAL THEATRE might be for you.

Why study musical theatre at North Central College? 

In the Classroom

Coursework topics: 

  • Acting for The Musical Stage
  • Advanced Performance Styles for Musical Theatre
  • American Musical Theatre History
  • Ballet
  • Business of Theatre
  • Choreography
  • Collaboration
  • Contemporary Acting Styles
  • Contemporary Modern Dance
  • Directing
  • Fundamentals of Acting
  • Jazz
  • Music Theory for Actors
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Musical Theatre Scene Study
  • Piano Lessons for Musical Theatre
  • Senior Musical
  • Somatics
  • Tap
  • Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques
  • Voice Lessons of Musical Theatre
  • Voice and Movement for The Actor

Beyond the Classroom

As a musical theatre major, you can: 

  • Audition for well-known agents and casting directors (including Paskal Rudnicke Casting, Claire Simon Casting and Stewart Talent) as part of the Senior Showcase.
  • Direct a show of your choice in our state-of-the-art facilities as part of our student directed series.
  • Tap into our faculty’s professional network, which extends throughout Chicago’s vibrant theatre community (and beyond).
  • Work with a faculty advisor during your senior year to select a show, coordinate production responsibilities, produce and present a fully mounted production in one of our state-of-the-art venues.

Possible Musical Theatre Careers

Upon completion of the musical theatre program, every student will have the opportunity to apply for a plethora of jobs. A degree in the performing arts will elevate your career on stage and off, allowing you to:

  • Audition for broadway musicals
  • Take part in the construction of theatre design
  • Teach theatre studies and music theory
  • Compose music as a music director
  • Create and display stage props
  • Engage in costume design
  • Voice act in TV shows and movies
  • Develop stage and set design

More Department information

Musical Theatre, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Core Courses

Advanced Theatre Courses

Two of the following:

Dance Courses

One of the following:

Voice Lessons

Six semesters of:

Piano Lessons

Six semesters of:

Theatre Practicum

Six semesters of the following:


*Voice lessons, piano lessons and theatre practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of elective credits, up to College limits. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Musical Theatre Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier
  • The Other Theatre Company, Chicago
  • American Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago 
  • Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in musical theatre have been accepted at:

  • New York University Tisch School of Music
  • University of Alabama
  • University of New Mexico


Recent graduates in musical theatre have been cast at:

  • Light Opera Works, Wilmette, IL
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
  • Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, IL
  • Canterbury Summer Theatre, Michigan City, IN
  • The American Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Heartland Festiva, Platteville, WI
  • Royal Caribbean Productions
  • Music by the Lake, Williams Bay, WI
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Royal George Cabaret Theatre, Chicago
  • Steel Beam Theatre of St. Charles, Ill.
  • Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago

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Choosing the right college is a big decision. Don’t make it alone. North Central’s admission and financial aid team is here to help you design a financial aid solution that works best for you and your family.

Merit scholarships, grants, loans, campus employment - these are just some of the resources available to you if you are interested in a musical theatre program. Over 95 percent of prospective students and 100 percent of all eligible students receive aid. Let our team partner with you in finding the best value for your education.

Learn more about financial aid and costs for North Central College

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