WCU's Musical Theatre Program faculty is committed to teaching you the skills necessary
to become a professional in the field. Seasoned professionals and performers, they’ve
enjoyed successful careers in the musical theatre and performing arts industry and
in the classroom.
Our program’s endowed chair is Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann. Mann, who originated the role of the Beast in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, is the Carolyn Plemmons Phillips and Ben R. Phillips Distinguished Professor in Musical Theatre. He earned Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for best actor for his performance of the Beast and is widely known as the original Rum Tum Tugger in Cats.
M.F.A., Assistant Professor - Musical Theatre, Program Director Nathan Thomas is a professional musician (conductor/pianist/arranger), theatre practitioner (director/music director/actor), and teacher of both music and theatre (with prior appointments at the University of Cincinnati and Western Illinois University). He has toured as music director and/or keyboard player all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Brazil, China, Japan, and Russia, on shows including the Hal Prince Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof (Topol/Theodore Bikel/Harvey Fierstein), Fosse, 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, and Cats. Among his New York credits are the Broadway productions of Fosse and Annie. He also played first keyboard for Monty Python's Spamalot at the Wynn Las Vegas.
To enhance the instruction given by our resident faculty, visiting artists—professionals and master teachers—are often on campus to share their expertise with you in master classes.