Musical Theatre

The BFA degree in Musical Theatre is rooted in the liberal arts tradition of Lees-McRae College and is designed to prepare you to pursue a career as a performer and or leader in musical theatre. Entrance into the BFA in Musical Theatre is by audition only. Transfer students should audition in the semester before they plan to enter Lees-McRae College. 


Musical theatre students are eligible for scholarships provided through the theatre arts program.

Three mainstage productions are produced each year as well as student directed scenes.

You'll receive one hour of private voice, a half hour of accompaniment and a master class each week during the academic year.

What You'll Study

Acting, dance and voice will be your main areas of study. However, we believe in the well-rounded theatre practitioner, so you will also take classes in technical theatre, management, artistic direction and cultural and historical perspectives. You are also required to complete an intensive course in stage combat and an internship.

Beyond the Classroom

Intern with Lees-McRae’s professional Summer Theatre company, travel to England or New York City during our May term and participate in mock auditions in front of multiple professional companies.

You'll also have the opportunity to travel to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) – the largest theatre conference in the U.S. – with faculty and peers to build connections and find employment.

After Graduation

Common Career Areas

Career information is provided through Vault and O'Net. Current Lees-McRae students can see the full results on Vault using their student email and password. 

Alumni Success

Musical Theatre Department Chair Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts
ELWOOD in the Blues Brother's Show at Universal Studies
ANCHOR in Finding Nemo, the Musical at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom
Director at Quincy Music Theatre
Educator with N.E.W. Musical Theatre Workshops
Feelance Actor

Meet the Faculty

Joshua Yoder
Director of Theatre Arts, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Paul Adamson
Instructor of Music/Accompanist

Shauna Godwin
Dance Instructor

Michael Hannah
Program Coordinator and Professor of Theatre Arts

Holly Hendricks
Voice Instructor

Pam Joslin
Operations Manager, Theatre Arts Administrative Assistant

Scott Koenig
Co-technical Director for Theatre Arts

Stacey Trivett
CAPA Director

Janet Barton Speer
Professor Emeritus
Artistic Director, Summer Theatre

Guest Artists:
Kara Wooten
Dustin Gibson
Todd Teagarden

Ready to take the next step?

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