Bjorn Dobbelaere is appointed Head of Musical Theatre – succeeding Mary Hammond, who becomes ‘Sondheim Professor of Musical Theatre Vocal Studies’
Contemporary musical theatre demands versatile performers of a high musical and vocal standard, with strong dramatic and verbal ability, together with dance and movement skills. The Academy’s intensive one-year course trains postgraduate (or equivalent) students for a career in musical theatre. It aims to provide a direct link into the profession, from theoretical class work via practical opportunities.
Students have individual singing lessons, repertoire coaching and spoken word tutorials, as well as classes in voice and the spoken word, extended vocal techniques, dance (including jazz and tap), movement, acting, singing, improvisation, history of musical theatre, musicality, audition preparation and project work. Students also take part in masterclasses and workshops with visiting professionals, and in internal competitions. See one of the teaching venues, the musical theatre dance studio.
Find out what our recent graduates think of the course (external link to CastingCallPro)
This course is structured according to individual needs and experience, and operates in tandem with the Musical Theatre course. If you would like to apply, please contact the department to arrange a meeting to discuss the details.
‘Many, many congratulations on a quite remarkable production of Follies. It put to shame many of the previous seven professional productions that I have seen of this difficult musical. Singing, dancing, costumes — all marvellous. You could not have chosen a more complex musical to showcase everyone’s talents. Well, Sondheim was never meant to be easy, was it? Such a comfortable theatre too. I must come again soon!‘ Jeremy Chapman, freelance journalist