The Performance Concentration involves a sequence of acting courses, including classical styles, improvisational techniques, musical theatre performance, and the business of acting. The sequence culminates in a Senior Showcase in New York City. Students may also select from a wide variety of courses in Dance, Movement, and Voice and Diction. An audition is required for acceptance into the program.

WCT's production of

WCT's production of "Romeo and Juliet" directed by David McDonald

Foundation Requirements - 5 units
Th011: Theatre Lab (2 half unit classes)
Th014-17: Play Production (4 semesters of 0 units; only one can be in FOH)
Th103: Script Analysis
Th111: Introduction to Design
Th233: Theatre History
Th235: Music Theatre History
Performance Requirements (courses to be taken sequentially) - 4 units
Th117: Acting Techniques I
Th217: Acting II: Scene Study
Th307: Musical Theatre Performance I* (Students must pass a Music Theory proficiency exam or complete Musicianship for Performers or Rudiments of Music  as well as two MU020 Voice Lessonsprior to enrolling in MTP1)
Th317: Acting III: Classics
Required Cognates - 3 units
Spc102: Voice and Diction;
Da210:  Movement;
Da295: Musical Theatre Dance (complete 4 dance technique classes prior to graduation
All required coursework for the major should be completed before registering for the Senior Learning Community.
Senior Learning Community - 2 units
Th461: Acting V
Th463: Senior Showcase

"Carousel" directed by Drew Scott Harris

Highlights of the Performance Concentration include:
  • Private voice lessons regularly held on campus with Music faculty.
  • An abundance of dance classes including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre Dance.
  • Five levels of Acting courses specially designed to build on the previous outcomes.
  • Required courses including: Musical Theatre Performance, Voice and Diction, Movement, Theatre History, Musical Theatre History, and many others.
  • Four production assignments throughout the student's tenure, including Assistant Stage Manager, Sound Board Operator, Follow Spot Operator, Front of House Manager, and many others.
  • A Senior Showcase for New York City agents, managers, and casting directors at Playwright's Horizons in Manhattan's Theatre District.
  • Monthly workshops open to all students with well-respected Broadway, Film, and Television actors, dancers, directors, and others run by student organizations.
  • Elective courses including Improv, Stage Dialects, Stage Makeup, Stage Costuming, and many others.
  • Four Main Stage productions and four Studio productions per year.
  • The expectation of high GPAs in all required courses as well as liberal arts courses.
  • A campus-wide Honors program.
  • A Dance Minor.
  • A close-knit family of faculty and students, who encourage open communication.
  • An impressive list of Wagner alumni and faculty with Broadway, Film, and Television credits.


Chaperone in Drowsy Chaperone

WCT's "The Drowsy Chaperone" directed by Ryan Gibbs