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. An audition is required for acceptance into the program.


Foundation Requirements - 5 units
Th011: Theatre Lab (2 half unit classes)
Th014-18: 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 Lessons prior to enrolling in MTP1)
Th317: Acting III: Classics

Required Cognates - 3 units
Spc102: Voice and Diction;
Da210:  Movement;
Da295: Musical Theatre Dance (Students must 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
Th462: Senior Showcase

Damn Yankees

Highlights of the Performance Concentration include:

  • Private voice lessons taught by members of the Music faculty.
  • Dance classes including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre Dance as well as the opportunity to minor in Dance.
  • Multiple levels of acting.
  • 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 casting agents, etc.
  • Elective courses including Improv, Stage Dialects, Stage Management, Acting for the Camera, and many others.
  • Four Main Stage productions and multiple Studio productions per year.
  • A campus-wide Honors program.
  • 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.