About the program
The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre is a rigorous program combining training in acting, singing, and dancing with a robust liberal arts education. Our curriculum prepares our students for successful professional careers in the musical theatre industry while also giving them the education to be global citizens and contributors to society. Our freshman jump right into their musical theatre training with over 12 hours of studio instruction a week. In addition, students have the opportunity to add to their performance training as upper-classmen by taking some of the many performance electives that are offered each semester.
Our Core Curriculum
Acting, singing and dancing are at the center of our Musical Theatre Curriculum. B.F.A. musical theatre students are in an acting class every semester during their four year program, including two years of advanced classes that focus on acting for musical theatre, a dance class every morning (5 days a week in ballet, theatre dance, and tap) and a weekly private voice lesson.
Our program requirements also include: Music Fundamentals, Musical Theatre History, Voice and Speech, Song Study, Song Portfolio, and Professional Preparation (including a senior showcase). In addition, some of the electives we offer are: Directing Musicals, Cabaret Performance, Rock/Pop Performance, Acting For The Camera, Performing Shakespeare, Songwriting in the Studio, Puppetry, and Actor, Role, Celebrity: The Haunted Body on the Musical Stage.
Our performance opportunities include fully produced Fall and Spring musicals on campus or partnered with The York Theatre at Citicorp Center as well as a yearly off-site Studio Workshop production at venues such as the National Dance Institute. Additionally, each year we are funded by the Frederick Loewe Foundation for a special project in musical theatre such as a staged reading of a new work, concert or series of master classes. Our students have had the privilege of working with guest artists such as music directors Steven Oremus, Louis St. Louis and David Loud, Director/Choreographers Patricia Birch, Larry Fuller, Marcia Milgrom Dodge and Josh Bergasse and composers Charles Strouse, Frank Wildhorn and Larry Grossman.
New York City As Our Campus
Students in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program truly learn to use New York City as their campus. Whether they are attending shows on Broadway, downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn, doing research at the New York Public Library, or traveling to an off-campus class, our students experience all that the city has to offer.
Taking advantage of our New York City location, master classes and lectures have been and continue to be offered by Broadway’s finest such as Betty Buckley, Jeff Calhoun, Donna McKechnie, Lonny Price, Frank Wildhorn, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel and Tommy Tune. We also have an endowed series of master classes in honor of the late Andrew Zerman (Casting Director, Johnson, Liff and Zerman Casting and former adjunct Professor at MMC).
In addition, our faculty roster includes a large and diverse group of working professionals and academics representing the finest New York City has to offer.
Hear from our Alumni
- <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3314-annaleigh-ashford-05"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,0,630,1200/23127_Annaleigh_Ashford_1.rev.1571851470.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,0,630,1200/23127_Annaleigh_Ashford_1.rev.1571851470.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,0,630,1200/23127_Annaleigh_Ashford_1.rev.1571851470.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,0,630,1200/23127_Annaleigh_Ashford_1.rev.1571851470.jpg" alt="Annaleigh Ashford ?05" width="215" height="215" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,0,630,1200/23127_Annaleigh_Ashford_1.rev.1571851470.jpg 2x" data-max-w="630" data-max-h="1200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3314-annaleigh-ashford-05">Annaleigh Ashford ’05</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, B.F.A. in Acting and Musical Theatre<br/> Tony Award winner, Best Featured Actress in a Play, <em>You Can’t Take it With You</em></p></div>
- <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3182-adrienne-warren-09"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.JPG" alt="Adrienne Warren ?09" width="215" height="215" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.JPG 3x" data-max-w="799" data-max-h="798" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3182-adrienne-warren-09">Adrienne Warren ’09</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, <a href="/departments/theatre-arts/ba-program/theatre-performance.php">Theatre Performance</a> major and <a href="/departments/theatre-arts/minors/musical-theatre.php">Musical Theatre</a> minor</p></div>