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Music Theater Major

As a Music Theater major, you will take on roles and production responsibilities that give you the opportunity to practice skills and learn the art of theater collaboration. St. Kate's small campus makes it possible to have more hands-on experiences than at larger colleges or universities giving you acting, directing, choreographing, producing and writing opportunities. Students who wish to minor in theater can concentrate their studies in Performance or Theater Studies.

Faculty encourage all theater majors and minors to design a portfolio of their course and production work as they progress through the studies, providing the basis for a resume as you seek professional work or further your education.

  • MUS 1130: Music Skills I (4 credit)
  • MUS 1150: The Art of Listening (4 credit) or MUS 2180: World Music (4 credit)
  • MUS 2130: Music Skills II (4 credit)
  • THR 2140: Acting: Leadership in Performance (4 credit)
  • THR 2150: Directing: Event Production (4 credit)
  • THR 2310: Dance for Musical Theater (4 credit)
  • MUS 3350: Women and Music (4 credit)
  • THR 4994: Topics: Survey of Musical Theater (4 credit)
  • THR 4994: Topics: Senior Research and Performance Project (4 credit)
  • Four semesters of lessons, 1000 and 2000 levels (1 credit/sem)
  • Four semesters music ensemble (1 credit/sem)
  • Participation in four productions (at least two of which are musicals)

Performance Opportunities

Students participate in the year-round production of plays. Production seasons include three productions per year, including an annual musical production and a balance of classical, modern and new works. Students perform in a range of venues including The O'Shaughnessy, an 1800 seat performing arts hall and one of the Midwest's premiere professional venues; the Frey Theater, a black-box facility; Our Lady of Victory Chapel and in the 300 seat Recital Hall.

Career Opportunities and Distinguished Alumnae

Students in Music Theater may prepare for a variety of career goals including: work as a member of the production staff or as an actor/singer for professional, community and academic theaters; performance in the lucrative commercial, industrial and film markets; and graduate work in directing, acting, voice and dance for the theater. Many of St. Kate's graduates have established meaningful careers in this competitive field and have had notable success nationally in theater, film and television. The following list only begins to highlight the many contributions that our alumni have made in professional, educational and community theaters. Among our graduates are Mary Robin Roth, who starred on Broadway as Evita and has received numerous performance awards including Chicago's Jeff Award for acting; Nancy Youngblut, a sought after television and commercial performer with credits including "Star Trek: The Next Generation"; Shanan Custer and Leigha Horton who consistently appear on Twin Cities stages; Teri Parker Brown a frequent performer at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater as well as numerous recent graduates who are pursuing graduate degrees in Acting and Directing.

In addition to the many alumnae who are employed in the theater profession, majors have gone on to work in a variety of other professional careers including medicine, law, education and business. Notable alumnae in other fields include Teresa Morrow, Wells Fargo Foundation; Ruth Goettig Spencer, American Public Radio; Nancy Schertler, professor; Anne Marie Yantos, Columbia Pictures; Mary Lynn Kircher, IBM; and Luz Maria Hernandez Davis, American Express.