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Become a triple threat performer with musical theatre at Queensland Conservatorium

Is musical theatre your calling? Do you love it enough to have a full day of rehearsals and performances, and get up next morning excited about doing it all over again?

Musical theatre training is in hot demand and Queensland Conservatorium is producing professionals of the highest calibre.

Our program is designed to guide and prepare talented students for life as a working artist in musical theatre. You’ll be given high-level training in voice, acting, movement and dance. You’ll learn to tell a story using your entire body, and you’ll be taught to develop a broad range of styles.

Double degrees

Studying a double degree is a great way to increase your career options

Study musical theatre at Griffith

Outstanding opportunities in musical theatre are ahead of you

Dreaming of a life on stage

You’ll need to be versatile, talented and well-trained to be cast in shows once you’re out in the real world. Studying here, you’ll learn to integrate the varied skills of an actor, a dancer and a musician into your roles. You’ll be able to deliver performances that bring to life the combined vision of the directors, musical directors and choreographers you’ll work with.

Our program is delivered by working industry practitioners who provide professional, relevant, innovative and supportive instruction. To ensure you become proficient in singing, acting and dancing, you’ll undertake intensive practical training covering:

  • Acting and improvisation
  • Voice and speech
  • Singing (solo and ensemble)
  • Dance and movement
  • Audition technique and performance

Learn from the best

Our head of department, Paul Sabey, is in constant demand as a musical director, vocal coach, vocal arranger and regularly gives master classes. His work has taken him around the world working with singers, musicians, as an academic and artistic programme advisor and as a musical director.

Real world experience

Take part in full scale productions which emulate professional productions as well as regular musical theatre events.

Diversified pathways

Studying here, you’ll be exposed to a variety of musical theatre styles and to the broadly accepted musical skills of aural awareness training, music theory and ensemble work appropriate to this genre.

Audition Information

Application to Conservatorium degree programs is based on various requirements, which may include an audition, written or oral interview, and presentation of a folio. Find out more

Mirusia Louwerse

Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice)

Mirusia Louwerse is an Australian-Dutch soprano who gained worldwide fame as a soloist with André Rieu—the man responsible for turning classical and waltz music into a hugely successful worldwide concert touring act. She studied opera at Queensland Conservatorium and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. She says her time at Queensland Conservatorium was marked by a feeling that it was finally a place where she fitted in, where she “made lifelong friends and contacts in the music industry”. ‘My dream always was to tour the world, and I am fortunate to say I have followed and lived that dream so far! I am really proud of my achievements in my career, but I am also still learning every day and there is still so much I want to do.’

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Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Scholarships

Over 400 Scholarships available

Career outcomes

Our graduates are much sought after in the industry for their sophisticated professionalism and practical performance experience

There’s an identified shortage of professionally trained musical theatre performers in Australia and demand continues to grow. You’ll be equipped to hit the heights in cabaret, theatre, television, film and musical theatre, as well as the more diverse mediums of festivals, theme parks and cruises. The range of opportunities includes:

  • Musical theatre performer
  • Film/television actor
  • Independent artist
  • Musical theatre teacher
  • Voice over
  • Corporate video

Along with lead and chorus roles in musical theatre, consider the fields of lighting, choreography and backstage – all necessary aspects of any production.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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August 16, 2016

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Key dates

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Wednesday 14 September — Friday 26 August

2017 GAMSAT test due

Those registered for the GAMSAT will sit the test Wednesday 14 September.

Monday 26 September — Friday 30 September

Queensland conservatorium auditions

Queensland Conservatorium live auditions will be conducted the week beginning Monday 26 September. 

Friday 30 September — Friday 26 August

Queensland Conservatorium QTAC and UAC applications due

Apply by 30 September via QTAC or UAC for Queensland Conservatorium degrees.

Friday 30 September — Friday 26 August

QTAC and UAC on time applications close

To attend Griffith in 2017, apply for our degrees via QTAC or UAC by 30 September, 2016. You can apply after this date, but a late fee will apply.