The Hartt School

Music Theatre

Hartt’s music theatre major integrates comprehensive actor training with rigorous instruction in singing and dance. Weekly individual voice lessons, along with classes in ear training and music theory, provide you with a strong musical foundation. Multiple levels of ballet, jazz, and tap help you develop the dance skills required for professional success.


Performance opportunities at Hartt are extensive and designed to expose students to musicals and other plays from across the theatrical repertoire. Starting with second year projects and culminating with full-scale, professionally designed productions, the season is chosen to provide each class with challenging onstage experiences. In the fourth year, our students are in residence at Goodspeed Musicals for three weeks in January working on a Festival of New Musicals. Music Theatre students may also audition for the Hartford Stage Company's annual production of A Christmas Carol as well as other Equity productions in the company's season. Many of our students join the Equity Membership Candidate Program during their time at Hartt.

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, view the Course Catalog.

Admission and Audition Requirements

Theatre auditions and interviews are typically conducted on campus as well as in select cities around the United States, and The Hartt School accepts recorded auditions for applicants who reside more than 300 miles from campus. 

Pre-screen auditions will be required for Music Theatre applicants and will be conducted via virtual/recorded video format. Pre-screens must be submitted by December 15! 

Keisha Gilles

BFA, Music Theatres, 2012

Keisha Gilles is a New York- based actress.  Recently, she was in the ensemble of the Broadway, first and second national tours  of The Book of Mormon. She also toured with the national tour of Dreamgirls.

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I remember from the first day I stepped foot on campus and the welcoming energy that was there, I knew that it was the school for me.

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