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.  A minimum of three years at Wagner is required to complete this major.


Foundation Requirements - 6 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
Th120: Musicianship for the Performer
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
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
Mu020: Students take Private Voice Instruction each semester
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, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre Dance as well as the opportunity to minor in Dance.
  • Multiple levels of acting, including optional classes like Improv, Acting for the Camera, Devised theatre, and more.
  • 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 Voice-Overs, Stage Management, Directing, and many others.
  • Four Main Stage productions and multiple Studio productions per year.
  • No graduate students to compete with for opportunities.
  • 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.