The Texas Musical Theatre Workshop combines a core set of studio classes taught by university faculty with master classes taught by Broadway professionals. All classes divide our student artists into smaller groups and focus on acting, singing, dancing, auditioning and performance skills. You will also participate in a performance project, culminating in a final performance for family and friends in the B. Iden Payne Theatre.
Classes meet from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout each week, with rehearsals for the performance project and other fun activities scheduled most evenings between 7 and 9 p.m.
Students will also have the extraordinary opportunity to observe the development of new musicals by attending the staged readings of works in progress at TXMTW before they are commercially produced.
Students will study the mechanics of healthy vocal production, including body alignment and breath support, as they master the stylistic characteristics of tone, articulation and resonance found in musical theatre repertoire.
Students will gain practical knowledge and techniques to make the auditioning experience a positive one, including selecting and cutting music, working with an accompanist, formatting headshots and resumes, and how to give an audition that lights up the room!
Students will learn the techniques of Meisner, Stanislavski, and other effective acting methods, adapting and amplifying them for the particular requirements of musical theatre performance.
This takes students from the studio to the rehearsal hall, synthesizing all the various elements and building them into a polished production number from a Broadway musical to be performed for family and friends in the TXMTW Showcase (final day of the Workshop).
Our master classes cover a range of topics as diverse as our stellar line-up of teaching artists and are always designed to provide a bridge for our student artists to the professional world of musical theatre. Students will receive a wealth of information, advice, and hands-on training directly from Broadway composers, directors and performers as well as teaching artists from Texas State University and The University of Texas at Austin.
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A Typical Class Day
|8:45 – 9:00 a.m.||Company Warm-Up|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Dance (Jazz or Tap)|
|10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Dance (Ballet or Theatre Dance)|
|12:15 – 1:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:45 – 3:00 p.m.||Voice/Musicianship|
|3:15 – 4:30 p.m.||Acting/Musical Theatre Documentaries|
|4:45 – 6:00 p.m.||Auditioning/Performing Skills|
|6:15 – 7:00 p.m.||Dinner|
|7:00 – 9:00 p.m.||Bonus rehearsals w/guest artists; Off-site performances; Residential Mentor-led activities|
|9:15 – 10:15 p.m.||Choice: Independent Rehearsal or Back to the dorm|
|10:30p.m.||Everyone on their dorm floor for Quiet Hours|