Drama & Dance

Minor in Musical Theater

The Department of Drama and Dance, in collaboration with the Music Department, offers a minor in Musical Theater (MUTH). All students are encouraged to audition, no matter their major. However, the MUTH is simpler to complete if you are already a Drama, Dance or Voice major, based on its curriculum.

Even so, it is not unusual to find students from completely unrelated studies (computer science, anthropology, public relations) involved with the program and starring in our productions.

Program Details

An audition consisting of one monologue and 16 bars of a song are required to be accepted into the minor. Auditions take place at the end of the spring semester.

The minor is comprised of 18 credits including voice, dance, acting and sight-singing as well as musical theatre auditioning and performance.

Though many of the preliminary classes can be taken as a non-minor, a student must be accepted into the program before taking the advanced Musical Theater classes. 

Performance Opportunities

Little Shop of Horrors

Along with its long-running Shakespeare Festival, dance concerts, and Black Box plays, Hofstra University's Department of Drama and Dance produces a large scale musical annually at the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the 1105-seat John Cranford Adams Playhouse.

The program also stages musical productions at the Spiegel Theater, produced, directed and acted by Masquerade, a student-run club. A recently added cabaret class performs on campus, locally, and in New York City.

Recent Productions

State Fair (2023)

State Fair
The Threepenny Opera
Legally Blonde
Into the Woods
Little Shop of Horrors
Fiddler On The Roof
Bat Boy: The Musical
On the Town

See Current Production Schedule


Come to the Cabaret

The recently added cabaret class trains students to perform in a smaller, more intimate concert setting. 

Program director Jennifer Hart said, “The beauty of performing cabaret lies in the ability to reach out to people and bring them on an emotional and sensational journey."  

The first cabaret class in 2020 focused on the music of Jacques Brel. Subsequent years have featured themes like "Women in Pop" on Broadway (ie. Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Cyndi Lauper, and ABBA) and the "Music of Kander and Ebb" (from shows like Funny Lady, Cabaret, Chicago, and The Rink.)

Our Mission

The MUTH minor gives students the tools necessary to compete in the industry including audition and rehearsal techniques, as well as performance opportunities. Hofstra’s proximity to New York City allows for industry professionals to frequent the classes, professors to keep up with the current market and students to perform in the New York metropolitan area.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Jennifer Hart

Emily Lowe Hall
Room 212, South Campus
Phone: 516-463-5469
Email: Jennifer.L.Hart@hofstra.edu