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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

CAP21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Business of Musical Theatre

24 hours (12 weeks).
CAP21, 18 W. 18th Street, New York, NY.

August 2009 - June 2017.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify, develop, and/or use types of musical theatre auditions; locate material for auditions, create business strategies to market themselves before and after auditions; identify networking strategies; define marketing materials: headshots, resumes, websites; identify genres of material for musical theatre auditions; discuss types and type casting in musical theatre auditions; identify important players who students will encounter at auditions (directors, producers, choreographers, etc.); understand the benefits of signing with an agent or manager; explain production contracts; explain the rules and regulations of actor unions; and identify how to earn a living as actors on stage and on hiatus.


This course prepares actors to use advanced business information to present themselves as savvy, self-employed performers. Major topics include: preparing for auditions; business strategies: marketing and networking; developing relationships with directors, choreographers, producers; and reviewing production contracts; joining unions.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Musical Theatre, Drama, and related disciplines (5/10) (7/15 revalidation).