Michael Wilkins - Music Director

Other Theaters: Oregon Cabaret Theatre: Beehive, Once, The Drowsy Chaperone, All Night Strut, Chicago; Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical, Schoolhouse Rock, Coraline; Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte: Passing Strange, Dream a Little Dream, Rock of Ages, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical; Piedmont Players Theatre: Chicago, Cats, Cabaret; Theatre Charlotte: Footloose, La Cage Aux Folles; Queen City Theatre Company, Heathers: The Musical; The Old Globe Theatre (San Diego), The Rocky Horror Show; The Chance Theatre: Merrily We Roll Along, The Who’s Tommy, 13!, The Secret Garden, Boy In The Bathroom, Jerry Springer The Opera, Little Women

Teaches: 1st Year Music Fundamentals and Singing Techniques

Training: Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition, Azusa Pacific University; Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Azusa Pacific University

 

Teaching Philosophy

In an industry where it is highly likely that most actors will be involved in a musical theatre piece at some point in their career, I believe that training in the fundamental concepts of musicianship and singing technique are vital to a fully rounded educational program. Developing a strong foundation and comfort level with core musical skills is an invaluable resource for each student as they engage in the wonderful world of theatre.

In my classes I strive to create a space where each student, regardless of prior background or exposure to music education, can succeed in developing a strong sense of musicianship and musical identity. My goal is to take concepts such as music theory and sight singing, which many find intimidating at first, and present them in such a way that each student is able to enthusiastically engage and unlock their musical potential.