Acting and Directing in Musical Theater

A practical, hands-on introduction to acting and directing in musical theater. The course will require students to prepare songs and scenes from selected musicals with an eye to how best to approach the particular challenges the scene presents.

Sample reading list:
Larson, Rent
Adler, Ross, Abbott, Pajama Game
Hollman and Kotis, Urinetown
G&I Gershwin, Kaufman, Ryskind, Of Thee I Sing
Bernstein, Comden & Green, On The Town
Schwartz and Holzman, Wicked
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading and listening to the assigned musicals, as well as preparing scene work — as actors and directors — from the musicals. Students are expected to read 50-100 pages per week of selected reading.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
THR 201, THR 301, THR 311, THR 335 or THR 411 or MUS 241 or significant experience in the musical form.

Enrollment by application or interview. Departmental permission required. Apply online.



S01 - John Rando

Mondays 1:30 - 4:20 pm


John Rando