TCU is my alma mater and workplace, and the theatre dept. is one of my graphic design clients, but I'll try to be objective. <g>
Dr Harry Parker, a former classmate and friend of mine, came on board a few years ago and has been building a wonderful program. He instantly scoped out the professional theater companies in the area including regional biggie Casa Manana and some of the small equity companies like Circle Theater for co-productions, providing TCU kids with lots of good connections and opportunities. He jumped into the theater community with both feet and is a popular director at some of the area houses, as are other faculty members. Though there is only one musical each season (they are planning on adding another in future seasons), there are many nice opportunities to work in professional theater during the year. Harry goes to London each summer where theater kids take classes.
This was the first year they held auditions for the MT track. My daughter ADORES Dr Parker, who is very caring and all about the students; she likens him to Dr. Herendeen at OCU. If she were not focused on going to school in the northeast, she would have loved to have attended either OCU or TCU.
TCU is a lovely campus in a nice neighborhood in Fort Worth, which offers a lot in terms of quality of life, great weather (the summer heat is not for amateurs, however!) and wonderful cultural offerings. It's a popular destination for parent visits who don't driving or mind renting a car (public transportation is admittedly lacking.) The new dorms are super posh and if there is any way your family could get a quick visit in, I highly reccommend it. They offer a lot for the tuition and housing, in my book. TCU is known for friendliness and personal attention, balancing the feel of a big Division 1 sports school with a unique small school culture.
TCU's school of music is excellent, though I'm not sure how much crossover there is between departments. My daughter's first really great voice teacher (who now lives in NY and has a nice career going) has her BA and MA from the vocal department there. I found her through Dr. Sheila Allen.
TCU also has a strong dance program and was the first school in the nation to offer a ballet major.
The theater facilities are very nice, newly redone in the past few years. Not huge, but nice.
Please feel free to PM me for more details, but I do think it'd be well worth a visit. My daughter got in at all her first choices in the Northeast, but often tells me she thinks she could have been completely happy at TCU.
Plus, our mascot is the horned frog. You gotta love that!
Visit their website to see some lovely production stills: Department of Theatre - Texas Christian University