School of Theatre, Television and Film

MFA, Musical Theatre - Performance Opportunities

Collage of School Performances

Each semester, the SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film produces a musical production as part of its performance season.  These productions feature our MFA students in principal and featured roles, and by the end of their two years here, they will have been a part of four productions.  Our seasons are diverse in size and variety; we have produced small (Little By Little; a three person musical) to large (a concert version of Les Misérables featuring a cast of 28, a chorus of 114 and a symphony orchestra of 68).


SDSU presented the West Coast premieres of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Harold Prince’s Diamonds, Robert Lindsey Nassif’s Opal, Winnie Holzman & David Evans’ Birds of Paradise, Deena Rosenberg & Mel Marvin’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Peter Larson & Josh Rubins’ Brownstone, and Robert Lindsey Nassif’s Flight of the Lawnchair Man. Its regional premieres include Yours, Anne; Rags; Triumph of Love; A New Brain; Honk!; Bat Boy; A Man of No Importance; The People vs. Mona and A Class Act. The SDSU Musical Theatre Program has presented developmental readings of Ryan Scott Oliver’s We Foxes, B.D. Wong and Wayne Barker’s Mister Doctor and On the Eve, a show written by the members of the indie rock band, Home By Hovercraft. Through songwriter symposia, which utilize archival footage in conjunction with student performances, the MFA program has celebrated the lives and work of such noted writers and composers as Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Yip Harburg, Hugh Martin, and Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt.