Discover what makes the Ithaca College Musical Theatre program unique, including what to expect year by year, where IC alumni are today, and all that you need to apply and audition. 

Ithaca College’s nationally recognized BFA in Musical Theatre (College Gazette and Authority)  is an intensive, performance-oriented training program in acting, singing and dancing designed to develop and strengthen the skills, sharpen the instincts, and foster the discipline necessary for a professional career in musical theatre. 

In the first two years, your dance, acting, and music training begins immediately with over 20 hours of in-class studio instruction per week including private voice lessons, vocal repertoire class, basic piano skills, music theory, scene study, voice and movement for the stage, ballet, jazz, and modern dance.  In the fourth semester musical theatre majors begin to integrate the skills learned in previous terms by taking their first musical theatre workshop class focusing on the fundamentals of musical theatre acting. 

As musical theatre majors progress, they are regularly evaluated by theatre, dance, and music faculty through singing and acting reviews, and assessment of dance and music course work. Students receive clear, specific feedback concerning their strengths and areas for growth throughout the process. 

In your junior year, course work in musical theatre expands to include upper-level dance technique courses, and continued musical theatre studio courses in audition and advanced techniques and American Musical Theatre History. You can experience the Ithaca College London Center while making degree progress studying abroad.

In your senior year, additional opportunities include workshops with guest artists that facilitate the transition to the profession. You can attend a one-week field studies trip to New York City, connecting with a rich network of IC alumni in the entertainment business, culminating in a Showcase attended by major casting offices, agents, and industry professionals. Our alumni are committed to providing an important link to the industry, whether in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or other theatre centers around the world.