Manhattanville College’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Musical Theatre degree program provides a well-rounded education for the career-oriented musical theatre student. If your passion encompasses singing, acting, and dancing, start gaining experience right away at Manhattanville.
As a musical theatre major, you’ll experience a flexible curriculum that can be molded to your needs and have opportunities to apply your studies from day one. In addition to our faculty-directed production season, you will find opportunities to perform at workshops, festivals, and as part of student run clubs, building your resume and skills for successful auditions after graduation.
Just a short trip away from the world-famous stages of New York City, Manhattanville uniquely teaches students the technique and artistry needed for a career in musical theatre Students in Manhattanville’s musical theatre program:
Have the opportunity to audition for six mainstage productions each year, including two musicals
Learn from expert professionals in the classroom and through private lessons
Study and practice their craft in four on-campus performance venues in addition to off-campus festivals and events
Our B.F.A. in Musical Theatre will expand your performance skills, develop a deep understanding of the genre, and build critical professional skills such as communications and media, writing, and digital media production through general education courses, helping students prepare to fulfill their dreams of a performance career.
Students applying to Manhattanville’s B.F.A. in Musical Theatre must complete the entrance audition process.
Evaluated by a panel of expert faculty members, the entrance audition measures your current level of artistry as well as your predicted ability to successfully complete the curriculum. The entrance audition is also used to recommend scholarships for musical theatre students. Prospective first year, transfer and current Manhattanville students who would like to enter the musical theatre program must audition either live or via video through our ACCEPTD portal.
The complete audition package includes:
One short contemporary monologue
Two songs in different styles, one up-tempo and one ballad, of any length
Dance in any style, 30-60 seconds
Resume detailing musical theatre skills and experience
Headshot and/or photo
What do our audition evaluators look for? A balance of current achievement as well as your potential. We’ll select students based on the three areas of the discipline:
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre degree requires 120 credits distributed among core major courses, general education courses, and electives. Core courses entail professional-level study in singing, acting, and dance, while our general education requirements offer a liberal arts context.
60-70 credits in musical theatre performance, piano, acting, dance, stagecraft, and production courses
8 credits of applied voice
30 liberal arts credits
Attendance at on-campus concerts, recitals, and plays
As a musical theatre major, you’ll expand your abilities in voice, movement, and acting as well as your knowledge of theatre history in America and around the world. Courses focus on studying performance craft and the essentials of musical theatre, but you’ll also receive training in basic technical theatre.
Designed to be as hands-on as possible, many courses, workshop-style courses, and seminars include opportunities to practice and perform various genres. Musical theatre major classes include:
Musical Theatre Performance Seminars
Cabaret Performance Workshop
Acting for Musical Theater: Scene to Song
Piano Class (students may substitute private lessons)
Dance for Musical Theatre
Ballet, Modern Dance, and Tap
Acting, Voice and Speech
Career Outcomes in Musical Theatre
Whether you’re itching to get your first acting job or you envision a career performing year-round, our theatre degree program builds the experience and abilities that get you there. Alumni of Manhattanville’s robust musical theatre program have gone on to perform in national tours, off-Broadway, and in regional theatres, performing everything from plays to musicals to opera. You may have seen our alums in:
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
The Wizard of Oz
The Drowsy Chaperone
New York City Opera’s Candide directed by Hal Prince
The skills you learn in the Manhattanville musical theatre program can start you on the road to a a variety of careers on screen, in print, and behind the scenes. Several of our graduates have been booked as extras in award-winning television shows and in feature and indie films, regional commercials, and national print ad campaigns, including a campaign for Reebok. Backed by the well-rounded undergraduate curriculum, students have even started their own theatre companies after graduation.
Mainstage Musical Productions
While earning your bachelor’s in musical theatre, you’ll learn to prepare for professional auditions while gaining on-stage experience bringing you closer to your career goals. This happens through student participation in our six show mainstage season, which includes at least two musicals each year, as well as multiple concerts that are capstone events for classroom studies.
Senior Musical Theatre Recitals
Seniors graduating from the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre give a capstone recital. The recital is a celebration of all of the skills students have learned in the BFA program, and a chance to perform current audition repertoire for a cheering crowd before launching into live auditions in the industry.
Broadway at Manhattanville Club
Broadway at Manhattanville (B@M) is the musical theatre club on campus. Made up of students from the performing arts programs as well as non-performance majors, the B@M mission is to develop a space where anyone can perform and discuss their love of musical theatre.
Facilities & Events
Manhattanville’s robust musical theatre facilities include four dedicated on-campus venues. These flexible spaces provide a home for any performance, from a one-person cabaret to a 40 person musical.
Little Theatre: Performance space for musicals, plays, and dance concerts
The EX Theatre: The black box space, used for workshops, experimental theatre, and events such as Fresh Ink, our new works project
Reid Castle: Home of Manhattanville’s annual Shakespeare Festival
Pius X Hall: Hosts recitals and workshops
In addition to these performance spaces, we have multiple individual soundproof practice rooms available for private lessons, practice and rehearsals.
Current Manhattanville Theatre Season
Manhattanville hosts six mainstage productions each year, as well as countless smaller events and performances.