Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

Ithaca College’s highly competitive 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 freshman and sophomore 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.

As musical theatre majors progress through the program, 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 the junior and senior years, students take advanced courses in musical theatre studies focused on audition techniques, repertoire and style, as well as dance for the musical stage. Many students take advantage of Ithaca College’s London Center and spend a designated semester of their junior year studying British drama and culture.

Our mainstage and workshop productions provide important opportunities for synthesizing 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. BFA musical theatre students are eligible to audition beginning in their first semester, and required to audition in every subsequent semester. This provides students with ample audition opportunities and experience with general auditions and callbacks. Student produced theatre and dance groups, as well as film projects flourish on IC’s campus. Ithaca’s professional venues regularly audition (and hire) current IC students, giving important early exposure to the professional production process.

In the 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.