Shenandoah Conservatory's musical theatre program was ranked in the "Top 10 Schools for Musical Theatre Majors" list published by College Magazine.
The musical theatre program was also highlighted in Broadway World's "Where Do You Belong? Stats from the Most Represented Schools on Broadway" article featuring insights from Shenandoah's own Director of Musical Theatre Kevin Covert.
Pictured: AMERICAN IDIOT (Fall 2014)
Shenandoah Conservatory is also home to Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (SSMT), a professional summer stock theatre entering its 36th season. With an audience reach of approximately 30,000 patrons, SSMT is one of the country’s largest campus-based summer musical theatre seasons, and employs both students and professional actors.
MAKING THEATRE HISTORY
Roman Banks ’21 (B.F.A. in Musical Theatre) is making theatre history. He’s an understudy for three parts in Dear Evan Hansen. Whenever he’s called upon to portray the title character, he’ll be the first African-American to play the role, which Banks said he finds exhilarating.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s alumni include numerous Broadway actors, in shows such as Dear Evan Hansen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Once on This Island, Waitress, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!, Jersey Boys, and many more, including Tony Award Nominee J. Robert Spencer ’91, Jessie Lee Hooker ’10, Jake Emmerling ’11, Jordan McCaskill ’17, Anthony Wayne ’03, Aaron Galligan-Stierle ’02, Ian Campayno ’08, Elizabeth “Beth” Green Schwartz ’86, Greggory Goodbrod ’97, Sara (Rusicka) King ’07, Kris Koop ’87, Garrett Elise Long ’91, Mauricio Pérez ’07, Kathy Voytko ’94, Jason Wooten ’96 and Laura Woyasz ’98.
Pictured: Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer '91 with Aaron Tveit and Alice Ripley in Next to Normal (Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)
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