Marymount Manhattan

Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre program is a four-year sequence of year-long academic and performance classes incorporating labs in Daily Dance and weekly Private Voice lessons.  Typically paired with the BA in Theatre Arts major, with a concentration in Theatre Performance, the Musical Theatre program prepares students for professional careers as “Triple Threat” Actor-Singer-Dancers. 

Musical Theatre Daily Dance (Photo by Stefanie Flamm)Musical Theatre Daily Dance (Photo by Stefanie Flamm)

The four year-long Musical Theatre technique courses include:

  • Year One: Musical Theatre History/Sightsinging.
  • Year Two: Musical Theatre Techniques (individual song studies).
  • Year Three: Scene into Song (adding dialogue).
  • Year Four: Song Portfolio and Professional Preparation (preparing the audition songbook, then putting it to use in mentored auditions and workshops featuring feedback from industry professionals).

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Photo by Susan Cook)The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Photo by Susan Cook)

Students are placed by audition in one of six levels of dance training in ballet, theatre dance and tap. Dance is held off-site Monday through Friday, with classes taught by Broadway legends such as Dana Moore, Jeff Shade, and Edmond Kresley. A special topics class in Production Numbers is the capstone to this training. 

Private Voice is taught in professional studios once a week for all four years at Marymount Manhattan. Students audition and are placed with a teacher who matches their vocal needs. Our voice faculty includes Broadway’s Steven Purdy, Tim Howard, Joyce Hall, and David Sisco. Theatre Arts alumna Emmy Raver-Lampman (Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, Jekyll and Hyde, Hair)Theatre Arts alumna Emmy Raver-Lampman (Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, Jekyll and Hyde, Hair)  
Performance opportunities include a yearly mainstage musical at the college and January Projects off-site funded by the Frederick Loewe Foundation with partners such as The National Dance Institute (Christopher D’Amboise), The York Theatre Company (James Morgan), and Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers (David Sisco).  

Our students have had the privilege of working with music directors such as Steven Oremus, Darren R. Cohen, and David Loud; stage directors/choreographers such as Patricia Birch, Larry Fuller, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and Josh Bergasse; composers such as Charles Strouse, Paul Jacobs, and Larry Grossman.  

 

 

 

The Wild Party (Photo by Susan Cook)The Wild Party (Photo by Susan Cook)

Taking advantage of our New York City location, master classes and lectures have been and continue to be offered by Broadway’s finest such as Betty Buckley, Jeff Calhoun, Martin Charnin, Marc Kudisch, Arthur Laurents, Donna McKechnie, Lonny Price, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera, Steven Sondheim, Elaine Stritch, and Tommy Tune. 

Requirements for Musical Theatre

This program is open to Theatre Arts and Acting majors by audition. Contact the Theatre Office for further information.

THTR 274a-b Fundamentals of Musical Theatre
 
THTR 228-229 Musical Theatre Techniques I & II
 
THTR 330-331 Scene into Song
 
THTR 424 The Musical Theatre Song Portfolio
 
THTR 428 Professional Preparation: Musical Theatre     
 
   

 

Triumph of Love (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)Triumph of Love (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)

 


  • Ellen Orenstein
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

    Ellen Orenstein is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and the Coordinator for Freshman/Sophomore Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Washington.
  • Sydney Maresca
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    Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

  • John Basil
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Antonio Suarez
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    Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Jill Stevenson
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Patricia Simon
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

    Coordinator for Musical Theatre Program

  • Mary Fleischer
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    Professor of Theatre Arts
    Chair, Department of Theatre Arts

  • Timothy Johnson
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    Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts-Acting

  • Robert Dutiel
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Richard Niles
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Ray Recht
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

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  • Mark Ringer
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Mark Ringer is a Professor of Theatre at MMC. He has worked as an actor, director, and dramaturge throughout the United States and Europe. His translations of Euripides’ “Bacchae” and Lessing’s “Nathan the Wise” have received successful performances as have several of his adaptations. He was seen Off Broadway as Polonius in two different stagings of “The Heart of My Mystery: The Hamlet Project”, an adaptation which he co-authored. His one- play fusion of Shakespeare’ s “Henry IV Parts I and II” was produced at the Shakespearean Theatre of Maine, a production in which he also played Falstaff. He has worked professionally on productions of half of Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Barbara Adrian
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

  • David Mold
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    Professor of Theatre Arts
    Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts

  • Christine Riley
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    Visiting Instructor