Brad Willcuts

willcuts@msu.edu

FacultyTheatre

Associate Professor
Musical Theatre; Choreography

Biography

Brad Willcuts received his BA from Minnesota State University and MFA in Theatre Performance Pedagogy emphasizing in Musical Theatre and Movement from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Brad worked at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City where he served as Assistant Fight Choreographer for the acclaimed Porgy and Bess production which opened September 13th, 2019.

Brad has worked on Broadway for the 2015 new musical Amazing Grace where he served as Assistant Fight and Military Movement Director. He served as the same position for the show’s former iteration at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago (now known as the CIBC Theatre) for the “Broadway in Chicago” run as well as the ’17, ‘18 Broadway National Tour.

He has worked in Prague, Czechia where he served as Dance, Movement and Fight Assistant for the world premiere of Legende Holmes (Sherlock Holmes the Legend) at the prestigious Karlin Music Theatre. He served as Assistant Movement Director for the award-winning Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. starring Kathleen Turner which received a Helen Hayes nomination for Movement Direction. He worked as Assistant Fight Director for Romeo and Juliet at the Tony Award winning regional Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C.  He choreographed South Pacific at Virginia Repertory Theatre where he won the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle award for Best Choreography, Assistant Directed and Choreographed 9 to 5 starring Sally Struthers at Riverside Theatre, Mame at Virginia Repertory, Directed and Choreographed Joseph…Dreamcoat at Big Fork Summer Theatre and choreographed Arabian Nights for Broadway Director Gabriel Barre for VCU Theatre. While at MSU, Brad has Directed and Choreographed Grease, Urinetown and American Idiot, Oklahoma and Head Over Heels along with Grand Night for SingingSee Rock City and Love and Other Junk for the Summer Circle Theatre.

As a performer, Brad has worked across the country and in England as singer, dancer and actor performing with Bette Midler, Marvin Hamlisch, Christina Aguilera, Emily Skinner, and the international touring group The 12 Irish Tenors to name a few.

Awards and Honors

Courses

Musical Theatre Acting I, II and III
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes in acting for musical theatre.

Choreography and Composition
Advanced course in composition for dance and choreographic theory.

Social Dance: History and Contemporary Reflections
An innovative course that brings students into the world of social dance through virtual reality, podcasts and experiential dance projects.

Jazz Dance
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced options in classic jazz dance technique, jazz funk and contemporary jazz.

Contemporary Dance
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced

Musical Theatre Styles Dance
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced options for the vast array of styles in professional musical theatre performance.

New Media Acting Laboratory
Co-taught with Ryan Welsh, this class explores advanced media acting projects including lip syncing for musical theatre, ADR for all film types, green screen and motion capture.

Commercial and Hip Hop Dance Styles

University News

MSU Department of Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season
Published August 5, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre announces its 2022-2023 season, which focuses on the exploration and celebration of community.  “These scripts are intended to provoke…Read now »
MSU Professor Talks About How Musical Theatre Unites Us and Amplifies Our Stories
Published June 14, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
In this Faculty Voice, Brad Willcuts, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Choreography in the MSU Department of Theatre, shares how theatre pushes the limits of human emotion and…Read now »
MSU Department of Theatre Opens Jukebox Musical Featuring Songs by The Go-Go’s
Published February 8, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
The Michigan State University Department of Theatre begins its spring semester of performances with the musical comedy Head Over Heels, set to the music of the iconic 80s all-female rock band The…Read now »
College Honors Faculty Promoted in 2021
Published December 15, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to recognize the faculty members who recently were promoted to full professor, associate professor, or associate professor-fixed term. These faculty were honored during special ceremonies at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in October and November. Read now »
MSU Department of Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season
Published September 21, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The Michigan State University Department of Theatre announces its 2021-2022 season, which focuses on the examination of the contemporary understanding of gender.Read now »
Theatre Students Workshop New Musical at Wharton Center
Published April 29, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Throughout the Spring 2021 semester, the Michigan State University Department of Theatre Musical Theatre classes focused on workshopping a new musical by composer Joshua Salzman and lyricist Ryan…Read now »
Innovative In-Person Theatre Class Amid COVID-19
Published March 18, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Pre-pandemic, “live and in-person” meant just that. Today, most “live and in-person” events take place via live stream and virtual platforms, which is especially challenging when it comes to education and the arts.Read now »
Assistant Professor Bradley Willcuts Receives Teacher-Scholar Award
Published March 12, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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In recognition of his outstanding scholarship and teaching, Assistant Professor of Theatre Bradley Willcuts was named a 2021 recipient of Michigan State University’s Teacher-Scholar…Read now »
Choreography, Composition, and Collaboration with East Lansing High School
Published November 19, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
Department of Theatre Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Brad Willcuts and East Lansing High School (ELHS) Visual Arts Instructor Jacqueline Carroll have brought their students together in a unique collaboration to bring words and movement to life.Read now »
MSU Dancers Collaborate with East Lansing High School Writers
Published November 18, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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MSU Dance Students Perform Interpretations of written works by East Lansing High School students Department of Theatre Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Brad Willcuts and East Lansing High…Read now »
Musical Theatre Class Embodies Resilience for Final Project
Published June 1, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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At the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester, Musical Theatre students in MSU’s Department of Theatre expected to finish the academic year with some intense scene work that would…Read now »
MSU Theatre Rakes in Pulsar Award Nominations
Published July 24, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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MSU’s Department of Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season received 31 nominations for Pulsar Awards and walked away with seven of those awards, the most of…Read now »
Theatre Department Presents the American Classic ‘Oklahoma!’
Published February 11, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre presents Oklahoma! February 15-17 and 19-24 at the Fairchild Theater. An American classic and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s…Read now »
Furthering Research and Working on a New Musical in Prague
Published January 2, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
a group of six women and four men on a stage, who are all wearing neutral, old fashioned clothing who are running forward and look as if they are singing
One goal of Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is to “encourage and promote the exchange of ideas, research, and creative production in all aspects of theatre and…Read now »
ĭmáGen Collaboration Presents ‘One Good Day’
Published September 18, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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The ĭmáGen collaboration between MSU’s Department of Theatre and the Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity presents a staged concert of “One Good Day,” a new…Read now »
Department of Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Season
Published September 12, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is “Breaking Down Borders,” the theme of its 2018-2019 season, in which the department will present plays with meaning and…Read now »
Summer Circle Theatre Begins June 6
Published May 17, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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This June, MSU’s Department of Theatre, with support from the Friends of Theatre, invites you to a summer of romance under the stars as it kicks off its 58th season…Read now »
Department of Theatre Presents ‘American Idiot’ as Final Show of the Season
Published April 3, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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The final show of the Department of Theatre’s Divergent Voices season promises to rock audiences with an emotional story and incredible score. American Idiot opens…Read now »
New MSU Musical Theatre Touring Company to Premiere
Published April 24, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre announces its new Musical Theatre Touring Company, which will have its premiere at the Friends of Theatre “A Bite of Broadway” gala on…Read now »
Faculty Receive AT&T Awards of Excellence for Use of Technology
Published April 24, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Two College of Arts & Letters faculty members recently were awarded 2017 AT&T Awards of Excellence for their outstanding contributions to the use and development of informational technology…Read now »
Play Sparks Educational Outreach in Michigan
Published April 6, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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The Department of Theatre’s final main stage production of the 2016-2017 academic year is being used as an opportunity to help bring awareness to the Flint water crisis with several events…Read now »
Summer Circle Theatre Announces Its 57th Season
Published March 2, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Summer Circle Theatre returns this June for its 57th season and will take you on a journey across the United States (with a detour to Neverland). So, pack your bags and explore the entire…Read now »
Pushing Past the Limits in Dance
Published November 11, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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At age 26, professional dancer and choreographer Billy Bell has already had an exciting career that has led him to compete in two seasons of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, to dancing…Read now »
CAL Faculty and Staff Win MSU Physical Activity Challenge
Published February 1, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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A heartily congratulation is in order for the five-member College of Arts & Letters team that won the MSU Physical Activity Challenge. From left to right: Brad Willcuts, Sheila…Read now »