Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

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Train to become industry ready

Do you want to act, dance, sing, direct, and choreograph? At Cornell,  the BFA program guides you to immerse yourself in all aspects of musical theatre One Course At A Time. And you will see how it all works together to create a successful scene, production, or theatre season.

For 18 days, you might set choreography for a musical production. In the next 18 days, you might dive deep into the history of musical theatre. Cornell’s BFA allows you to explore within your major and across all the liberal arts courses, making your degree journey uniquely your own.

Learning through action

You will audition for opportunities in each of our main stage musicals every year. In this way, you start gaining experience right away. We prepare you through intensive production focused courses covering:

  • Singing

  • Acting

  • Dance

  • Private voice study

  • Music theory

  • Theatrical history and literature

Scott Olinger, Professor of Theatre and Dance

"We work to invest in our students by offering a BFA in a liberal arts atmosphere, for students who are professionally minded and intellectually curious."

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Internships and networking

As a BFA major you can gain additional experience through internships in performance, production, and arts management. Although not required, faculty highly encourage you to participate in summer internships. Theatre faculty and the Berry Career Institute work together to help you find an internship that links with your interests. Not only will you earn stage cred, but you will also accumulate experiences and build your resume. Some of our most recent internships included:

  • First Stage Theatre, Tyson’s Corner, Virginia

  • Glimmerglass Festival, New York City, New York

  • New London Barn Playhouse, New Hampshire

  • Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Puppet Kitchen, New York City, New York

  • Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede, Colorado.

Of course, there's nothing like seeing it for yourself.

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Capstone showcase performance in Chicago

No BFA program would be complete without a performance in front of professional casting agents and directors. Your final year culminates in a capstone showcase performance in Chicago, where our faculty have strong connections. You will expand your professional network and you’ll get the opportunity to slide through some open doors and out in front of a wider audience—the professional Chicago market.
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BFA in musical theatre careers

Where will you focus? A Cornell BFA can prepare you for a wide range of careers.

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • Artistic director
  • Choreographer
  • Music director
  • Stage director
  • Acting coach
  • Performing artist
  • Casting director
  • Teacher
  • Talent agent

Or maybe you’ll combine them into a career that’s all your own—that’s a Cornell student tradition.

Ready to launch your musical theatre career?