Do I need to do the same material I used for my prescreen video for my live callback?
No, you can change it. However, we would recommend you don’t do something else if your reasoning is “they already saw that song on the video, so I should show them something else.” The material you did in your prescreen was why we called you back and seeing it live is part of what we are interested in, and not all of the faculty who attend the callbacks, watched the original prescreen videos. We recommend you change your material if you have something new that you think shows you off better than the material you submitted on your prescreen, or is more contrasting. We don’t mind, either way, it is about what serves you best. These are just guidelines.
How many do we accept?
Each year Musical Theatre accepts 12-14 students in the freshmen class. As a result, we are able to provide highly personalized training.
Can you perform as a freshman?
Yes, all musical theatre BFA majors are required to audition for all plays and musicals beginning SPRING of Freshman year. We believe that creating as many performance opportunities as possible to apply your training is important.
Do You Accept Transfer Students?
Yes but only in the fall semester. Please be advised the curriculum for our Musical Theatre program requires a four- year commitment.
Do You Have New York Showcase?
Yes, our showcase is highly attended by top industry professionals. For more information on our showcase visit our Senior Showcase page.
What are the performance opportunities available to a musical theater major?
All musical theater students audition for the Main Stage and Studio productions (plays and musicals) beginning spring semester of freshman year. Our production season consisting of between 9-12 productions (2-3 of them musicals). Additional performance opportunities include The Black & Latino Playwrights Conference, The New Works Playwriting Festival, New Musical Workshops, special projects with M.F.A. directing and playwriting students, and D2 Festival of student-directed work.
What are you looking for?
Texas State 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 in this country. This is the type of student we want at Texas State: The best of the best.
“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. 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 into 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 a 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.”
- Head of Musical Theatre