Musical Theatre


Thrive at the intersection of music performance and theatre production. Build a strong foundation as a singer, actor, and performer at Luther College.

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Why Study Musical Theatre?

Through study and performance, you’ll build a solid foundation in music and theatre. You’ll learn how to think creatively, innovate, and develop your artistry as both a musician and performer. You’ll also learn how to inspire audiences and express yourself through craft and collaboration.

Why Study Musical Theatre at Luther?

By studying musical theatre at Luther, you reap the benefits of one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation. You’ll also:

  • Work one-on-one with music and theatre faculty throughout your course of study
  • Apply your knowledge on the stage by participating in multiple large- and small-scale productions produced on campus each year

At Luther, you can chart your own path through an education that best suits you. Your talents and interests are unique. That’s why Luther faculty members invest time and energy in your journey.

Program Highlights

Take the Stage in a Variety of Productions

There is virtually no limit to your involvement in productions at Luther. Join full-scale musicals, black box productions, and more. Pursue opportunities to be on stage as part of a play, music ensemble, or opera.

Individual Practice with Faculty

Expand your performance skills by taking private lessons with our musical theatre faculty.

Join One of Many Performing Arts Clubs

Hone your skills as an actor, singer and dancer in one of our student-run clubs. SPIN Theatre Company produces musicals, cabarets, and plays throughout the year. ORCHESIS stages dance events each year. TOP BANANA puts on improv theatre events. There are also several student-run a cappella groups.

What You’ll Learn

The musical theatre minor blends fundamental aspects of our music and theatre programs. It also includes specialized musical theatre courses to help you develop as a performer.

Course work includes:

  • Acting
  • Singing for musical theatre
  • History of musical theatre
  • Music theory
  • Dance


Tosha Guldan
A big strength of studying musical theatre at a liberal arts college is not only are you studying the craft but also the world outside of the theatre. It gives you a great perspective on how your passion exists in the grand scheme of things.
Tosha Guldan '23

Careers and Outcomes

Luther musical theatre alumni go on to pursue a variety careers as well as graduate study. Most directly, the musical theatre minor prepares graduates for job opportunities in the performance arts.

Career Fields

  • Acting
  • Music performance
  • Theatre management

Annual Productions

Luther’s theatre department produces one musical theatre production each year. Join students interested in music, theatre, and dance and put on a spectacular performance. Recent productions include: Heathers: The Musical, Chicago, and musical theatre cabaret events.

actors singing and dancing on stage in colorful costumes

Center for the Arts

Musical theatre minors spend a lot of time in our Center for the Arts (CFA). The building houses the art, dance, and theatre programs, creating a collaborative atmosphere. You’ll have access to many state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • Flexible 225-seat theatre
  • Spacious scene shop next to the theatre
  • Dressing room with showers
  • Green room with kitchenette
  • Costume shop equipped with domestic and industrial machines and a dye vat
  • Two sun-filled performance and practice studios

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