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Welcome to the Musical Theatre Division

Our largest undergraduate program, the Musical Theatre degree focuses on making our students complete performers: singers, actors, and dancers.Graduates go on to perform in regional theatre, on and off Broadway, and with regional and national touring companies.

Unlimited: the Music and Lyrics of Stephen Schwartz

Senior Nicole Elledge meets Stephen Schwartz after the opening night of Unlimited!  

Musical theatre students explored the material of one of today’s most well-known composers and lyricists as Unlimited: The Music and Lyrics of Stephen Schwartz made its premiere at The Catholic University of America on Feb 20th, 2015 with Stephen Schwartz in attendance.  Unlimited was conceived by Joshua Morgan, artistic director of No Rules Theatre Company, Matt Cowart, and Zak Sandler. It was directed by Sally Boyett, with musical direction by faculty member, Marc Bryan Lilley (B.M. 2006). The student vocalists included Hasani Allen, Erica Clare, Nicole Elledge, Brian McNally, Harrison Smith, and Allison Verfhofstadt.

N. Thomas Pedersen, head of the Musical Theatre Division, said he was “ecstatic” to bring the revue to Catholic University with the help of No Rules Theatre Company. “A chance for our students to work on the material of a living Broadway composer in collaboration with the original creative team who put this revue together for their age group is a true gift,” Pedersen said. “I am often asked to workshop new pieces and when I saw this one, I knew it would speak to our young artists and audience. Stephen Schwartz is their composer and their grandparents’ composer too.”

The revue, which was co-presented by the Musical Theatre Division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and No Rules Theatre Company in Arlington, VA featured works by Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who is best known for the Broadway hits Pippin, Godspell, and Wicked. Schwartz also contributed lyrics for films, including Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Enchanted

“I thought you guys did great,” Schwartz said to the beaming students. “I really got to know each one of you very distinctly, which is a wonderful thing, musically.” The Washington Post

Stephen Flaherty with Division Head Tom Pedersen and Alumna Rose Hemmingway

Music Theatre Division Head, N. Thomas Pedersen joins Rose Sezniak Hemmingway and Broadway Composer Stephen Flaherty at 54 Below in New York City after a concert performance of Flaherty and Ahrens, A Man of No Importance. Rose, best known for her role as Rosemary Pilkington opposite Daniel Radcliff in How to Succeed In Business without Really Trying is a 2005 graduate of the Music Theatre Division. 

Where are current and graduating CUA students working this summer?

  • Utah Shakespeare Festival (Cedar City, UT)
  • Studio Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
  • Keegan Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
  • Prairie Fire Children's Theatre (Barrett, MN)
  • Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD)
  • Adventure Theatre (Glen Echo, MD)
  • Poor Yorick's Players (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Thin Air Theatre (Cripple Creek, CO)
  • Cape May Stage (Cape May, NJ)
  • Summer Dinner Theatre (Rockville, MD)
  • Gamut Theatre Group (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Cape Cod Arts Foundation (Centerville, MA) 

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