Academics

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Musical Theatre

William Peace Theatre empowers students to pursue careers in the fine arts as independent, self-assessing artists.

Our B.F.A. in Musical Theatre is the only degree of its kind currently being offered in Raleigh, NC. The program features intense specialized curriculums to insure the best possible career training and success. As a Musical Theatre major, you will develop strong skills needed to make a mark on the professional world of theatre through focused training and studies in acting, singing, dancing, musicianship, history and technical theatre. 

Our unique theatre programs are led by teachers who have vast professional and academic experience and continue to work in the professional theatre. Students train under an impressive network of faculty and guest artists whose credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, professional theatre, television, film and radio, as well as strong academic achievements such as publications, research presentations at international conferences and teaching awards.  Additionally, students benefit from “outside the classroom” experiences such as required theatre internships (either within our department or an external professional theatre company), annual senior trips to NYC to partake in professional auditions, student-run organizations and study abroad opportunities (such as our 2016 theatre trip to London, England). 

Our productions and students have been nominated for various awards over the years, including: Top Ten List by Spectator Magazine, multiple Raleigh News & Observer Top Ten Lists, Acting awards by Roberts Reviews and SPARKcon competitions, consistently ranked and reviewed by the Independent Weekly.

Students have gone on to New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Wilmington and other cities to pursue professional careers in theatre, film and television. WPU alumni have also gone on to study at schools like The Juilliard School, Harvard, American Academy of Dramatic Art and Virginia Commonwealth.

WPU students are fully prepared for graduate school or to step directly into the professional arena of theatre and musical theatre when they graduate. We will help you develop the tools, skills and connections you need to succeed.  When you graduate, you will be a confident, marketable, self-assessing artist. 

All theatre majors are eligible to audition for theatre scholarships. 

Our B.F.A. in Musical Theatre requires an audition to be accepted into the program.

In the news:

Review: Independent Weekly - Into The Woods

William Peace University's The Importance of Being Earnest Is "Pleasant"

Please Note:

Due to the fact that our Faculty is made up of working performers, professional conflicts may unexpectedly arise. Faculty list is subject to change without notice.

Name Title
Hodge, Roger Matthew Assistant Professor of Theatre/Musical Theatre Email Me More Info
Santangelo, Michael R. Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre Email Me More Info
White, Amy K. Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre Email Me More Info
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