Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Patti D'Beck

Second Advisor

David Leong

Third Advisor

Dr. Noreen Barnes

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Aaron Anderson


The world around us has changed so much, socio-economically, that musical theatre departments around the country are facing budget shortfalls, staff attrition and even vertical cuts leading to full departmental closings. This paper attempts to divert these measures, as well as address the new role of student as consumer, by way of proposing a new musical theatre curricular model to satisfy the needs of both student and university alike. Topics such as fiscal responsibility in academe, departmental expectations, current employment statistics in the musical theatre field and current student learning outcomes are covered. The current student learning outcomes are then joined by two newly proposed outcomes and serve as a lens through which the curricular redesign is possible.


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Date of Submission

May 2011