Explore all things music and theatre — and gain professional experience while doing so — with a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Here, you'll have a chance to do it all. Whether your art is singing, dancing or acting — or you prefer behind-the-scenes work in directing, playwriting, costuming, set building, or sound and lights — our program will give you the knowledge, skills and connections you need to light up the stage and enrich your community.
With four theatre productions and dozens of performance opportunities each year, there is no shortage of real-world learning. Rigorous voice classes and music lessons will cultivate your vocal skills, helping you to stand out from the crowd. You'll also learn from some of the best. Faculty have a multitude of experiences both on- and off-stage, and they use that expertise to guide and mentor you.
Small class sizes allow you to get one-on-one attention and master best-practices and professional techniques. And one of the best features of our program is the ability to connect, network and work with others who are just as passionate about music and theatre as you are. No matter your path, our musical theatre bachelor’s degree program will support you and help make your dreams a reality.
Support your college journey with scholarships! There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a musical theatre degree from UW-Eau Claire. For example, the University Theatre Scholarship offers $450 to a new or continuing student who shows promise in theatre arts.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your musical theatre degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Musical theatre program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- Concert Dance Company
- None of the Above (NOTA)
- The Players
- Two to Tango Dance Club
- United States Institute for Technical Theatre (U.S.I.T.T)
- Fifth Element
Opportunities to travel. Take your education a step further by seeing the world! Study abroad opportunities and the National Student Exchange program are available to all UWEC students. And faculty-led immersion trips open even more doors to travel and performance opportunities. Recent excursions have included time spent in New York City, Italy, South Africa and Spain.
Arts-focused housing. UW-Eau Claire’s partnership with the Pablo Center gives you unparalleled access to the theatre facilities, and when you live in Haymarket Landing, those opportunities are right outside your front door. Built with music and theatre students in mind, the apartment-style residence hall is across the street from the Pablo Center, allowing you to live close to where the action is.
A music-minded city. From the professors who teach you to the students who work alongside you, a love for music is not hard to find when you’re at UWEC. And that love isn't just isolated to our campus. In fact, Eau Claire is nationally recognized for its abundance of music festivals, events and venues.
Performances galore. The theatre department offers four main stage productions, a Theatre for Young Audiences touring production, student-directed Short Play Festivals, the New Playwrights Festival and a dance concert. Each of our productions take place in facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and acoustics. In addition, you’ll have the chance to be a part of Opera on Wheels, where you can perform at different elementary schools and teach kids the fundamentals of opera.
Relevant student organizations. There are numerous UWEC theatre, dance and music student organizations to help connect you with peers, faculty, local professionals and potential mentors. Join The Players improv group and get the chance to perform in popular student productions or become a part of the Two to Tango Dance Club and learn a new style of dance every week!
Graduates of the musical theatre program leave with a well-rounded skillset and an impressive resume. Because of the broad nature of the program, our alumni go on to pursue a variety of artistic and creative careers all over the country.
Where are musical theatre alumni now?
- Associate artistic director, Illinois
- Actor and television personality, California
- Comedian, actor, and writer, California
- Stage and film actress, New York
Musical theatre careers
- Broadway performer
- Theatre stage manager
- Theatre director
There is no role too small, and after completing our theatre arts program, you’ll be able to do them all! Learn how to sing in a variety of genres, design costumes, direct productions and work lights and sound.
Classes for musical theatre majors may include:
- Beginning Acting
- Modern Drama and Theatre
- Costume Shop Practicum
- American Musical Theatre
- Scenic Design
- Makeup Crew
Learn more about the comprehensive musical theatre major in the UWEC course catalog.
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