Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

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.

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Ithaca College’s nationally-recognized BFA in Musical Theatre is an intensive, performance-oriented training program in acting, singing and dancing designed to develop and strengthen the skills, hone the instincts, and foster the passion 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, scene study, voice and movement for the stage, ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Alongside your BFA Acting colleagues, you take two years of scene study, voice and movement for the stage, voice and speech, as well as upper level courses such as Styles of Acting, and prepare for our Industry Showcase in New York.

As musical theatre majors progress in the first two years, 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 their senior year, additional 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 other theatre centers around the world. The Alumni Resources section of our website conveys the breadth and depth of Ithaca College’s presence in the entertainment industry.

Students singing and dancing in musical number on the mainstage.