Musical theatre is one of the most competitive and rapidly developing industries in the performing arts. Studio School’s Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film program paves an entrepreneurial path to success by combining comprehensive training in acting, voice, musicianship, dance, performance, and entertainment industry practices. Students train in both live and recorded media, preparing them for a professional career in film and television as well as theatre.
Our general education sequence includes courses in arts, humanities, science, communication and entrepreneurship. Students learn to explore diverse perspectives, express sophisticated ideas, assess information critically, and communicate effectively. We challenge everyone to be innovators and thought leaders while preparing for a professional career in arts and entertainment.
Collaboration is an integral part of Studio School culture. Musical theatre students regularly work with peers from other disciplines, empowering performers to enter the entertainment industry as exceptional team members and team leaders. Los Angeles offers extraordinary opportunities in film, television, commercial and voiceover work. The CMTF program features its own movie musical class, and all students are able to collaborate on various academic and extracurricular film projects. Advanced courses in camera technique and auditioning (theatre, film, television, commercials, and voiceover) position our students for a diversified entertainment career both on stage and on screen. In addition to course projects, students can audition for annually programmed productions and even propose their own self-produced project.
In the Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film program at Studio School, we create true triple threats who have the skills necessary to thrive in theatre, film and television as independent innovators of art.
All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That’s what makes theatre live. That’s why it persists. —Stephen Sondheim
Students Who Complete This Program...
- Are powerfully prepared to build a professional career in musical theatre as well as film, television and digital media production.
- Are on a path to become innovators with artistic proficiency, creativity and integrity.
- Demonstrate musical storytelling, truthful acting and a comprehensive understanding of historical context across all genres with an expert vocabulary of artistic expressiveness.
- Possess the technical aptitude and strong work ethic demanded by a career in the entertainment industry.
- Acquire the entrepreneurship skills necessary for producing their own work.
All degree candidates who complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film program can participate in a variety of projects designed to build a creative digital portfolio of professionally produced content. This includes:
- INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS + MASTER CLASSES
- LIVE THEATRICAL + CONCERT PRODUCTIONS
- ORIGINAL MOVIE MUSICAL PROJECT
- STUDIO RECORDING
- AUDITION WORKSHOPS
- OPEN MIC NIGHTS
- MUSIC + DANCE VIDEOS
- DANCE + CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECTS
- ORIGINAL WEB SERIES
- ELECTRONIC PRESS KITS
- APPLIED WEBSITE CONTENT
- INDUSTRY SHOWCASE
A degree in Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film enables you to become a musical theatre professional. With this training, you have the skills and knowledge necessary to work as an actor for stage, film and television. As performers, we often find ourselves wearing many different hats throughout our careers. Being able to take on various roles in the entertainment industry ensures our viability throughout the years and opens doors into new realms of artistic discovery and expression. In addition to performing, you may find passion in stagecraft, stage managing, casting, education, arts outreach, art therapy, playwriting, songwriting, and more.
You can also view our GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT page for more information on jobs and careers that relate to this program.