American Musical Theatre: History and Practice

This course will explore the history and practice of musical theatre. Starting with the American musical’s roots in minstrelsy and burlesque, the class will continue with Show Boat, the musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, and contemporary shows. Alongside the history of the musical, students will learn about the musical and theatrical tools of the genre, with an emphasis on directing and acting.

Other Information

Classes will include guests from the world of Broadway, who may include Cynthia Erivo, Philippa Soo and others.

Student Testimonial Videos

Hear from former students of John Doyle’s “American Musical Theatre: History and Practice.”




Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM


John Doyle