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Musical Theatre Workshop

2/9/2021 – Important Update!
Due to university COVID-19 restrictions, the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop will be held online for the Summer of 2021.

Applications are now closed for the 2021 MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop. Please check back in Fall 2021 for more information regarding MPulse 2022.

The 2021 MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop will offer a wide variety of classes taught by faculty members and graduates of the Department of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Acting techniques for musicals, plays and films.
  • Audition tools for monologues and songs.
  • Voice study with focus on traditional Golden Age songs along with stylistic approaches to contemporary Broadway and pop songs.

In addition, a daily class will analyze song form, with a particular focus on lyrics.  Other topics include  the vocabulary of the field, the profession in New York, and the ways Broadway shows are created.  Various films, recordings and a course pack will supplement the classes. 

Extra sessions will be devoted to application and audition guidelines for university programs.  Students will have a clear understanding of the college exploration, application and audition process by the end of the 3-week session.  

Regarding the online version of the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop:  Students and parents should know that the online workshop is a full-time commitment with daily assignments and homework.  Classes meet daily, including Saturdays, with Sunday as the day off. This workshop would not be appropriate for students who have job commitments, online high school or college course work, or other obligations during the 3-week schedule of MPulse classes. 

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Emeritus Brent Wagner

Session Dates: July 11–July 31, 2021
Tuition: $2,850

Priority Application Deadline: January 8, 2021
Final Application Deadline: February 8, 2021
Priority Admissions Notification: February 12, 2021


Please check back in Fall 2021 for more information regarding MPulse 2022.

The workshop is open to current high school juniors, although applications from current sophomores of exceptional ability and experience are considered.  Admission decisions are based on a student’s application (including training and experience), recommendation, transcript, and audition. Applicants must have at least a B average in high school to be considered for the Workshop.

Merit Awards

MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

  • Monthly Expenses
  • Previous Year’s Tax Return
  • Statement of Need

Watson Scholarship
In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

Application open to Michigan residents only.
Apply for a Watson Scholarship

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660 
Email: mpulse@umich.edu