Musical Theater is a collaborative art. Acting, Dance and Voice combine to form this truly American art form. The "art" is in the ability to combine all three disciplines. We believe that these skills are best tested by practical application in performance. Our program is unique in that it supplies year-round performance opportunities to students of the Conservatory.
The Richard E. Rauh Conservatory is dedicated to providing high quality training in dance, acting, voice and musical theater studies in a safe, supportive, professional atmosphere.
The faculty of the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory is made up of professional performers, directors, choreographers and educators. Several of our instructors are Pennsylvania certified teachers. Though their backgrounds and experiences are diverse, they are united in providing the highest quality training in a supportive atmosphere. Our dedicated and caring faculty and staff members are among the best in the region.
The students of the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory go on to many different careers post-graduation. Our matriculation rate is consistently in the high 90% range. Here's a few of our past students, and what they have been doing:
At the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory, you'll find our theater, dance and music classes way cool! And we get results! Check out the credits of a few of our other alums.
Leigh Ann Larkin, originally Leigh Ann Wielgus, studied at Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Rauh Conservatory during her high school years. She graduated with a degree in musical theater from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
It wasn't long before Leigh Ann was cast in her first national tour, Disney's On the Record."
In May of 2007, she returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh and performed as Belle in Pittsburgh Musical Theater's production of Beauty and the Beast.
At the end of 2008, Leigh Ann booked and shot roles on two television series, Lipstick Jungle and Flight of the Conchords.
She made her Broadway debut in Gypsy, alongside Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, Laura Benanti.
She is currently appearing on Broadway as Petra in A Little Night Music starring Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Jacob Ming-Trent (Papa Ogre, u/s for Shrek). Off-Broadway: Widowers Houses. National Tours: Putnam County Spelling Bee, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Continental Divide. Jacob has worked with Berkely Rep, LaJolla Playhouse, The Public, A.C.T, to name a few. TV: Law and Order.
Jacob spent his high school years performing under the guidance of Ken Gargaro. He came back to Pittsburgh to star in PMT's Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Saigon.
Peter Matthew Smith, has been a member of the Broadway casts of Rent, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, and Cry Baby. He also played Motel in Fiddler on the Roof with Harvey Fierstein. Originally from Sewickley, he started studying an performing with Pittsburgh Musical Theater from a very young age. He will be graduating into the ranks of director when he assumes that role in the upcoming PMT productions scheduled for January 2010.
Paul McGill - Broadway productions of A Chorus Line and La Cage Aux Folles, Studio Film starring role in Fame, September 2009 release.
"Since I was 10 years old, the Rauh Conservatory has provided me with the training, opportunities to perform, and nurturing that has allowed me to make the jump from high school to Broadway."