Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60

Required Courses:

In Year 1, foundation coursework is taken. In Year 2, thesis project teams are formed and collaboration begins. In Year 3, the thesis projects are completed, presented, and showcased for industry.

All students enrolled in a cohort of the Musical Theater Collaboration M.F.A. program take the following core courses together:

Year 1
THTR 5012
American Musical Theater
THTR 5487
Musical Theater Practicum I
THTR 5587
Musical Theater Practicum II
THTR 5892
Script and Score Analysis
Year 2
THTR 5804
THTR 5873
THTR 9487
Musical Theater Practicum III
THTR 9587
Musical Theater Practicum IV
Year 3
THTR 5287
THTR 5392
The Business of the Business in Theater
THTR 9991
THTR 9995

The balance of coursework annually is taken by students in their respective areas of concentration:

Composer and Composer/Lyricist (C/CL) Concentration

Year 1
MUST 8715
Composition I
THTR 5893
Lyric Seminar I
THTR 5894
Lyric Seminar II
THTR 8983
Vocal Arranging
Year 2
MUST 8480
Special Topics in Music
MUST 8717
Composition II
THTR 9001
Lyrics/Book Seminar I 1
THTR 9002
Lyrics/Book Seminar II 1
Year 3
THTR 8984
Music Direction for the Musical Theater Stage

Director and Director/Choreographer (D/DC) Concentration

Year 1
THTR 5387
Directing Practicum I
THTR 5388
Directing Practicum II
THTR 8611
Costume Design II
THTR 8711
Scene Design II
Year 2
THTR 5613
History of Decor
THTR 9382
Projects in Directing I
THTR 9387
Directing Practicum III
THTR 9388
Directing Practicum IV
Year 3
THTR 5134
Directing for the Musical Stage 1
THTR 5625
History of Fashion
THTR 9383
Projects in Directing II

Playwright and Book Writer (P/BW) Concentration

Year 1
THTR 5871
Playwriting I
THTR 5872
Playwriting II
THTR 9882
Projects in Playwriting
Year 2
THTR 8881
Playwriting III
THTR 8882
Playwriting IV
THTR 9001
Lyrics/Book Seminar I 1
THTR 9002
Lyrics/Book Seminar II 1
Year 3
THTR 5134
Directing for the Musical Stage 2
THTR 8883
Teaching Playwriting
THTR 9982
Projects in Playwriting

Culminating Events:
Thesis Project:
The cohort creates a complete new musical culminating in a fully rehearsed workshop production. It is written by M.F.A. candidate composers and composer/lyricists, as well as playwrights and book writers, and directed by M.F.A. candidate directors and director/choreographers.

An industry showcase of students’ selected work is presented in New York City to an invited roster of industry and field professionals. Funded in part by the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theater at Temple University, the showcase consists of a short concert-style presentation featuring selected performed excerpts from the candidates’ body of original work.