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What are we looking for?

Our program is looking for committed, passionate, brave artists who embrace their craft, not just their careers. We are interested in students who are inspired by the process--individuals with a desire to commit to that process, not just the result. Our goal is to find that unique group of artists that will help define the future of theatre.

“I am looking for artists that have integrity and strength of character as well as talent; artists that are interested in participating and creating the world they want to live in. What I mean by that is, we all have to take responsibility for our creative lives, how we live in the world as artists matters. Having a working knowledge of this business and how to be successful in it also matters. Yes, you will receive exceptional training in your craft at Texas State but you will also learn how to be a professional and all the expectations that go along with that. 

Michaela Boissonneault and Johnny Brantley III in "Evita"

Being a professional is about more than just talent and technique. I want artists who are ready to show up every day with a strong work ethic and most importantly integrity in every area of their lives; artists that are brave, that think for themselves, that know who they are, have joy in their work and are compassionate humans—the artist who is interested in performing in musicals but is also interested in exploring creating the work and defining or perhaps even redefining how we think about it. I am looking for the young artists who have a strong point of view and want to be on the forefront of generating new ideas, asking questions and never settling when they think they know the answer but want to go deeper. Greatness doesn’t live in safe, predictable choices or thinking you can’t always learn more about the character or the play. I love working with artists who walk in my office and say “I have this idea...what if...?” and I get to figure out how to facilitate that.

It’s really about collaborating in your experience here, taking responsibility for your training and your learning and wanting to always push against what is comfortable and stretch. University is just the beginning of your journey as an artist, and we want to work with students who know they will spend an lifetime training and learning, and are excited by that idea.

I am also interested in artists that understand the contribution they can make to their communities and that are interested in their art serving more than themselves. Musical theatre is an ever-evolving art form; that means we need performers that understand that they are part of defining and re-defining the theatre with how they pursue their craft. We have some of the most talented young innovative artists from around the country in our program. It is an exciting time to train here.”

-Kaitlin Hopkins
Head of Musical Theatre