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Musical Theatre at Arts Academy


Why Study Musical Theatre

To excel at singing, dancing, and acting is a feat. Master them all and you are prepared for a career in musical theatre. For those who want to take center stage as stand-out performers, we offer an ideal training ground to explore your passion and push your talents as a "triple threat."

What You'll Learn

In the Musical Theatre program, you'll take a combination of voice, dance, and acting classes, while performing in fully staged musicals and plays throughout the year.

You'll learn from accomplished instructors with decades of performance and teaching experience. With personalized attention, they'll work with you to develop a range of technical skills while expanding your versatility. As mentors, they'll guide you to think about your future, helping you determine the right college or university program to continue your training after Interlochen. 

As a student of the musical theatre program, you will:

  • Develop the acting, dance, and singing skills needed to become a "triple threat" performer
  • Establish a consistent and reliable acting process that can adapt to a particular script and/or style
  • Nurture a clear, healthy, and resonant speaking and singing voice
  • Develop a physicality in optimal conditions to do whatever is required in a rehearsal or performance
  • Conceptualize a wide range of possibilities within the world of performance
  • Integrate classroom concepts from a wide range of material through performance practice
  • Instill a sense of professionalism and resilience

Core Curriculum

Audition Requirements

For information on graduation requirements and academic curriculum, please visit Academy Academics.

Meet the Faculty

The Theatre Arts program faculty have established careers in theatre and theatre education, and are equally passionate about both. Their range encompasses all styles and varieties of theatre from classical to modern dramatic repertoire and musicals.

All Faculty

Bill Church

William Church

Director of Theatre; Artistic Director, Interlochen Shakespeare Festival

Christine Marie Brown

Christine Marie Brown

Instructor of Theatre

Matthew Lindstrom

Matthew Lindstrom

Instructor of Theatre

Andrew McGinn

Andrew McGinn

Instructor of Theatre

Laura Mittelstaedt

Laura Ames Mittelstaedt

Instructor of Theatre

Mindy Rohn

Melinda (Mindy) Rohn

Instructor of Theatre

Gulshirin Dubash

Instructor of Theatre

Director of Theatre Bill Church at Interlochen Center for the Arts

Meet Bill Church

Learn more about our Director Theatre and the Theatre Division at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

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Get to know Ashley

"Since coming to Arts Academy, I've become more responsible. I've learned to balance my education with my art." - Ashley, Musical Theatre

Guest Artists

In the past year, Theatre Arts students have learned from and collaborated with the following artists:

  • Jill Abramovitz
  • Katherine Carter
  • Lauren Chapman
  • Michael Dansicker
  • Sydney James Harcourt
  • Ricky Hinds
  • Noah Ricketts
  • Rachel Sussman
  • Parallel 45 Theatre
  • Q Brothers
  • Phil Darius Wallace

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

On any given year, there are up to nine productions where Acting majors can showcase their talents and gain performance experience. The plays and musicals range from classic comedies to contemporary dramas, from large-scale musicals to experimental shows. Last year's productions included The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Everybody, Violet, The Children's Hour, Tartuffe, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Theatre Venues & Facilities

Our campus boasts several state-of-the-art performance venues and facilities. The Harvey Theatre Complex contains classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and a 173-seat theatre. We also have two additional performance spaces, the 952-seat Corson Auditorium and the 170-seat black box Phoenix Theatre. The Mallory Costume Shop and our professional scene shop are state-of-the-art spaces also dedicated to our theatre program. Learn more about all of our facilities and venues.

Awards & Honors

Our Theatre Arts students receive yearly recognition from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts competition. Theatre majors have also received recognition from the Art Schools Network student talent competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the August Wilson Monologue Competition.

Agent Showcases

At the end of the Academy year, we invite professional agents and casting directors to campus to offer feedback to students on their audition material. The showcase gives you a chance to experience what it's like to demonstrate your talents in front of industry professionals.

Instagram Takeover: Matilda the Musical

Instagram Takeover: Matilda the Musical 

Student Olivia G. takes you backstage on opening night of Matilda the Musical.

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Five Pieces of Advice with Hamilton's Sydney James Harcourt

Interlochen alumnus Sydney James Harcourt (IAA 94-97, AS 94, 97) did not throw away his shot at Broadway stardom when he originated the roles of James Reynolds, Philip Schuyler, and the Doctor in the smash hit, Hamilton! He shares his five pieces of advice for young artists that helped him to be where he is today. 

College Matriculation

Theatre students regularly enroll in top acting programs and conservatories, as well as prestigious undergraduate institutions including:

  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Boston University
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colorado State University
  • Cornell University
  • DePaul University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Howard University
  • Indiana University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Kent State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • The New School
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Purchase College State University of New York
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Rutgers University
  • Smith College
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of the Arts
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Webster University
  • Wright State University