The Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at Binghamton University is a four-year progression of classes that will give you the foundation you need in acting, singing and dancing: the three skills at the heart of this art form.
In addition to performance courses in a wide range of techniques, you will audition for mainstage and studio productions ranging from the classical to the contemporary, including musicals, plays, and dance productions.
A full curriculum listing can be found at binghamton.edu/theatre/undergraduate/bfa-music-theatre.html.
- BFA in Musical Theatre
Internships, Research Opportunities and More
To hone their skills, students in the Musical Theatre BFA program take part in juried performances at the end of each semester such as a studio voice recital, or a slate of audition material.
The Theatre Department is an active member of Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), which means a representative within the network sees our faculty-directed productions to review and recognize students for outstanding work in performance, stage management and design.
Students are encouraged and coached to audition at unified auditions, such as the A1 Conference, StrawHat Auditions and the New England Theatre Conference, to procure summer employment at summer stock theatre companies, theme parks, cruise ships or other performance venues.
Some courses to consider in your first year:
- THEA 203 - Theory of Technical Production
- THEA 204 - History of the Theatre
- THEA 208 - Acting I
- THEA 207 - Actor Trng I - Basic Processes
- THEA 223 - Dance Technique I: Tap
- THEA 225 - Dance Technique I: Ballet
- THEA 226 - Dance Technique I: Jazz
- THEA 306 - World Dramatic Literature
- THEA 315 - MUS THEA I: Acting the Song
- THEA 319 - Voice Lessons Intermediate
After You Graduate
After completing the BFA in musical theatre, most students will move to New York City or another major theatrical hub to pursue full-time theatrical employment as a freelance artist. Those who book theatre work will frequently perform regionally, on national or international tours, and/or cruise ships and theme parks before securing higher profile productions on Broadway or with other major NYC theatre companies. Students with a strong stage background also frequently work in television, film, commercials and voiceovers.