MA Musical Theatre

12 months full-time commencing in September.

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is one of the UK’s leading drama school. The College was ranked as the top institution in the UK for drama training by the Guardian University Guide twice in the last three years.

Currently in its seventh year, the one-year full time MA Musical Theatre programme has quickly become one of the College’s flagship courses, attracting attention and support from some of the biggest names in the industry.

Building on the success of the College’s well established acting and vocal programmes, the course also benefits from close collaborations with the music, production and design departments, placing it at the very centre of the College’s creatively diverse community.

The emphasis is on building links within the musical theatre profession world and preparing students to be industry-ready by the time they graduate. Throughout the course, students have opportunities to meet and work closely with professional directors, musical directors and choreographers as well as visiting artists.

Annual Showcase performances take place in Cardiff and in a West End Theatre in London giving students the opportunity to perform in front of a specially invited audience of agents, casting directors and other potential employers. American students have an additional showcase in New York following graduation. There are further opportunities for public performance in a fully staged end-of-year production and a mid-year cabaret.

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Students are immersed in an intensive schedule throughout the year including one-to-one singing lessons and repertoire coaching, acting, dance and vocal skills classes, workshops and rehearsals.

With only fourteen places available each year, students experience an exceptional level of individual attention and career coaching, and all the benefits of working as part of a small ensemble.

Validated by the University of South Wales.

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Musical Theatre Course Leader
Vivien Care

Head of Actor Training
Dave Bond

Head of Movement
Frances Newman BA (Hons)

Senior Lecturers in Acting
Jamie Garven
Marilyn Le Conte
Simon Reeves

Lecturers in Acting
Patricia Logue
Eryl Phillips
Claire Brown

Visiting Artists
Paul Clements (Contextual Studies)
Louisa Farrant (Voice)
Emma Stevens-Johnson(Voice)
David Harrington (Musicianship)
Rob Hickmore (Coaching)
David Laugharne (Coaching)
Tim Richards (Coaching/Estill)
Tori Johns (Dance)
Anita Reynolds (Improvisation)
Grace Warner (Dance)
Patricia Vallis (Dance)
James Williams (Director)
Charlie Westenra (Director)
Jeremy Lloyd Thomas (Director)
Simon Greiff (Director)
Michael Fentiman (Director)
Charlie Westenra (Director)
Steven Dexter (Director)
Paul Kerryson (Director)
Joe Hood (Musical Director)
Sarah Travis (Musical Director)
David Grindrod (Casting Director)
Ben Newsome (Casting Director)
John O Hara (Musical Director)