Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre
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:
Private voice study
Theatrical history and literature
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.
Capstone showcase performance in Chicago
BFA in musical theatre careers
Where will you focus? A Cornell BFA can prepare you for a wide range of careers.
- Artistic director
- Music director
- Stage director
- Acting coach
- Performing artist
- Casting director
- Talent agent
Or maybe you’ll combine them into a career that’s all your own—that’s a Cornell student tradition.