Musical Theatre Program



About the Program

“All the world is a stage” and at WCU we’ll prepare you—the singer, dancer, and actor—to step onto the professional stage of musical theatre. From world-class faculty to cutting-edge facilities to a rigorous curriculum, we’ll provide you with a strong foundation in the performance and technical aspects of musical theatre and equip you with the tools you need for a professional career or graduate study.

Broadway legend Terrence Mann heads our “cast” of professional faculty who bring you a rare and invaluable insider’s perspective to the scholarship and performance of musical theatre. From your admittance audition to graduation and beyond, our team of experts is committed to your development and success. 

The Musical Theatre Program at WCU is jointly administered by the School of Music and the School of Stage & Screen. The schools are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and National Association of Schools of Theatre. The School of Stage and Screen is a member organization of the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC).

Program Requirements

The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre requires 63 hours of courses in the major, plus the University requirement of 42 hours of liberal studies. In addition, students must take 15 hours of electives. An internship is required, which most students normally complete in the summer between junior and senior year. 

Eight-Semester Plan for B.F.A., Musical Theatre Concentration

 B.F.A. major and concentration requirements and curriculum guide

We also offer a minor in dance which makes a good complement to the B.F.A. degree. 

The Musical Theatre Program at Western Carolina University seeks to provide a framework in which to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a working professional in this dynamic and exciting field.

The stimulating atmosphere and well-structured program combine to instill an appreciation for the art and craft of theatre by holding students to the highest standards of the professional world.

Our dedicated faculty are committed to helping students reach their full potential in a program that enriches the cultural life of the campus community and the region.

From annual productions to summer’s “Broadway Triple Arts Series,” visiting artists, field trips to N.Y. and other local theatres plus numerous ensemble and chorus opportunities, WCU offers the developing artist a myriad of ways to become immersed in the performing arts, particularly musical theatre.

WCU's Musical Theatre Program faculty are 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 as well as 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.

Our team of resident faculty comes to you from the School of Music and School of Stage & Screen, offering you the benefit of their professional and academic experience.


  • Kristen Hedberg
  • Marina De Ratmiroff

Musical Theatre and Performance Faculty

  • Ashlee Wasmund, Program Coordinator for Dance and Interim Program Coordinator for Musical Theatre
  • Bryan McAdams, Musical Theatre 
  • Dustin Whitehead, Acting
  • Claire Eye, Acting


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.

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