Carthage Music Theatre is more than great classes and great faculty. We offer programs and opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.

Guest Artists

Carthage is uniquely situated in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, providing easy access to guest artists from some of the world’s top stages. Music theatre students can develop relationships with directors and casting agents while they complete their degree. Recent guests include JC Clementz (Milwaukee casting director), Stacey Flaster (Chicago casting director), Peter Amster (Chicago and Florida director), Tonnocus McClain (national tour of Lion King), Bob Mason (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Jeff Whiting (Broadway director/choreographer), and James Gray (Broadway director/choreographer).

The Open Jar Institute

Carthage students develop relationships with New York choreographers and casting directors through the Open Jar Institute. Each year, the Open Jar Institute conducts workshops at Carthage, and auditions for their premiere pre-professional training program in New York.


From arts administration to performance opportunities, Carthage students can dive into internships in Chicago theatre! Internships provide opportunities for students to develop performance skills, arts administration skills, and technical theatre skills. Carthage music theatre students have been offered internships with organizations in Chicago such as the Goodman Theatre, Second City, the Metropolis Performing Arts Center; in Milwaukee at First Stage Milwaukee and Wisconsin Music Conservatory; and in Shanghai, China at iMusical

International Performance and Partnerships

Carthage music theatre students travel the world, to study and to perform. Whether it’s studying the roots of theatre and music in Greece, singing in Spain, performing a new work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, or sharing music theatre performance techniques in China, Carthage students are able to explore global perspectives while developing their performance skills.