Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)
Ithaca College’s highly competitive bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre is an intensive, performance-oriented training program in acting, singing and dancing designed to develop and build the skills, instincts, and passion needed for a successful career in musical theatre.
During your freshman and sophomore years you can expect a weekly private voice lesson; classes in voice and speech, movement, acting, sight-singing, music theory, and keyboard musicianship. Studies continue in theatre history (including American musical theatre history), and ongoing courses in dance (ballet, modern, tap, jazz and musical theatre styles). In addition to your required courses you’ll participate in classes and production assignments that encourage collaboration with students throughout the theatre department.
Our mainstage and workshop productions provide important opportunities for integrating classwork and establishing a professional work ethic. Ithaca College produces two musicals in most years, and a dance concert in alternating years, in addition to four plays and an opera. Musical Theatre students are eligible to audition beginning in their first semester, and required to audition in every subsequent semester, providing you with ample audition opportunities and experience in general auditions and callbacks. Ithaca’s professional venues regularly audition (and hire) current IC students, giving you important early exposure to the professional production process.
You will receive clear, specific feedback on your strengths and areas for growth throughout the process. In the junior and senior years, you will take advanced courses in musical theatre technique focused on audition techniques, repertoire and style, as well as dance. Many musical theatre students take advantage of Ithaca College’s London Center and spend the spring semester of their junior year studying British drama and culture. In the senior year, opportunities include workshops and master classes that help facilitate the transition to the profession. Most students attend a one-week field studies trip to New York City, connecting with a rich network of IC alumni in the entertainment business. Our alumni are committed to providing an important link to the industry, whether in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or in theatre centers around the world.