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Drew University Announces New Minor in Musical Theater


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Drew University Announces New Minor in Musical Theater

New minor completes Popular Theater Arts major and four other program minors

April 2022 – Drew University recently announced the addition of a Minor in Musical Theater.

The minor is an interdisciplinary program incorporating the study of acting, dance, movement, vocal arts, performance history and related musical subjects. The program offers students the opportunity to create original musicals as well as participate in immersive experiences.

“The minor is an interplay of theatre, music and dance,” said Lisa Brenner, president of theater and dance and teacher of theatrical arts.


Drew’s students star in a production of Heathers: The Musical, co-created by C’89 alum Kevin Murphy.

“Other programs offer the opportunity to study directing, but not as broadly as our program, which also covers choreography. Additionally, what makes our program distinctive is the ability to focus not only on performance in these areas, but also on songwriting and composition. Our program also has an applied learning aspect, including a studio course that emphasizes innovation and collaboration. »

The new musical theater minor joins a strong list of theater and dance program offerings, including a major in theater arts – with concentrations in performance; design and technology; dramaturgy and dramaturgy; staging and management; and Applied Performance and Community Engagement, as well as minors in Applied Performance, Arts Administration: Performing Arts, Dance and Theatre.

Brenner predicts great interest both inside and outside of the theater and dance program.

“We anticipate that just as our dance minors often major in non-arts areas, many others outside of the theater and dance department will want to minor in musical theater to fulfill their passions,” he said. she stated, frequently noting majors in economics, biology and psychology. choreograph departmental dance performances and perform in theater productions.

“We see a large number of prospective students learning about musical theater, both those considering majoring in theater and those looking to pair that interest with other majors at Drew,” Brenner said.

Drew’s theater and dance alumni include Emmy winners and classmates Kevin Murphy C’89 (Desperate Housewives, Heathers: The Musical) and Dan Studney It’89 (Jack the giant slayer), who shared a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for Reefer Madness: The Musical from the Movieand worked together on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Series; production property supervisor Buist Bickley C’07, who currently oversees props for Broadway shows like MJ, Moulin Rouge, Tina: The Musical of Tina Turner, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Dear Evan Hansen; and casting director Patrick Goodwin C’06 (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, The Dear Show, Waitress, Naughty boots, Spongebob: The Musical, Finding Neverland, Pippin apple, Chaplin, Anne).

The addition of the minor in musical theater follows two new minors in education, one in education and society and the other in teaching. Read more here.