Musical Theatre


Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

School of the Arts

Department of Theatre and Dance

You'll have outstanding training and opportunities to become a world-class performer within this interdisciplinary, accredited degree program.

This demanding professional major will prepare you for a competitive career in musical theatre, and is the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre program within the CCCU (Council of Christian Colleges & Universities) that is accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre). Extensive training in acting, dancing and singing will provide you with a comprehensive performance background. 


With the opportunity to be involved in a minimum of three on-campus productions, participate in music and dance ensembles and various internship opportunities, you'll gain a wealth of real-world performing experience. 

As a musical theatre major at Messiah College, you'll be able to:

  • Have the opportunity to audition for touring companies of musicals, in summer stock theatre or in musical theatre offerings in New York or other major cities around the country.
  • Consider studying study at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland over January-term (J-term).
  • Choose to continue your studies in a Master of Fine Arts program.
  • Connect with a community of Messiah theatre graduates that exists in New York City.
  • Have access to the Calvin and Janet High Center for. Worship and Performing Arts, home to a state-of-the-art dance studio and black box space.

Major Requirements

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Musical theatre major

Messiah is the only school within the CCCU that offers a NAST accredited BFA in musical theatre.

Department of Theatre & Dance

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Faculty direct, design and perform locally and across the country as well as work with a variety of theatre companies.

Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts features the Grace Pollock Dance Studio, a state-of-the-art dance studio and  Poorman Black Box Theater for smaller theatre performances.

On-campus, 400-seat proscenium-style performance theatre - watch the video tour.

On-site costume and properties storage

On-campus dance studio

Associate member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide

Associate member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre