The Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T.K.Zhurgenov has been training musical theater actors since 1979. The founder of the Musical Comedy department and its first head was People’s Artist of the USSR, professor, soloist of the GATOB im. Abaya K.K.Kenzhetaev. The teachers of the Department of Musical Comedy were: Honored Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Professor Rakhilyam Abdrakhmanovna Mashurova, Professor Esim Zhukenovich Segizbayev, Gulnara Bisengalievna Gizatova, Nina Tarasovna Radchenko, Polina Mikhailovna Dorokhova, Professor Maksut Orazovich Zhunusov.
One of the first graduates of the department are now famous artists – People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roza Rymbaeva, Honored Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mayra Ilyasova, Honored Workers of the Republic of Kazakhstan: K.Bekish, A.Mambetova, K.Begaidarova, G.Tleubekova, M. Omarbekova.
Currently, the name of the department is Musical Theater. The department trains future specialists in the Educational program Acting, profile – an artist of musical theater.
People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Professor, director E.N.Obaev; Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Professor, director N.Zhakypbai; Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Professor, director Ya.A.Shamiev; Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, PhD, Professor, director A.M. Mayemirov; Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan Z.Sh.Sirgebayeva; PhD, director, E.N.Nursultan; Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan B.B.Aitzhanov, Madeniyet salasyn uzdigi, director E.V.Kim, Candidate of Philosophical Sciences, Professor, E.S.Sultangalieva, Associate Professor Z.Z.Arziev, associate Professor, PhD, D.O.Karamoldaeva and others.
One of the main criteria for the quality of the department’s work is the achievements of graduates.
The department is proud of its graduates who make a great contribution to the development of science, culture and art of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Among them: Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A.Uteuilov, PhD, holder of the Order “Kurmet” K.Bolmanov, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, laureate of the state Prize “Daryn” A.Imanbayeva, PhD, artistic director of the State Theater Astana Musical I.Nurtazin, laureate of the State Prize “Daryn” B.Korgan, Laureate of the Union Youth of Kazakhstan “Serper”, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan E.Dayyrov, Laureate of the prize of the Union of Youth of Kazakhstan “Serper” A.Shayakhmetov, Laureates of the state youth award “Daryn” A.Otepbergen, A.Tolepov, etc.