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Find your place on the world stage
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.
Study musical theatre at Griffith
Outstanding opportunities in musical theatre are ahead of you
Dreaming of a life on stage
Griffith is the only Queensland university ranked in the top 50 performing arts universities in the world according to the QS World Ranking by Subject, 2019.
You'll need to be versatile, talented and well-trained to be cast in shows once you're out in the real world. Studying at Griffith, 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.
Take part in full-scale productions which emulate professional productions as well as regular musical theatre events.
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.
Bachelor of Musical Theatre
Musical theatre graduate Shubshri Kandiah had all her wishes granted after winning the lead role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s smash hit musical, Aladdin. The role marked Shubshri’s professional musical theatre debut, just months after graduation. ‘It is a dream come true—the international creative team have shown a lot of faith in me.’ Shubshri began performing at a young age, learning classical Indian dance, ballet and violin. She moved across the country from Perth after being accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium. During her studies, Shubshri dazzled audiences in productions like Sweet Charity and West Side Story. As part of the industry experiences offered at the Con, she performed with the Queensland Pops Orchestra and sang a duet with Broadway legend Liz Callaway at QPAC. ‘My three years studying at the Queensland Conservatorium provided me with so many performance opportunities and skills that I have taken with me,’ she said. ‘From voice warm-ups to script analysis, dance technique and a knowledge of vocal health that will allow me to perform eight shows a week, the Con really prepared me for a career in the industry.’
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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