Musical theatre at Messiah College
At Messiah College, one of the top Christian colleges in the U.S., you'll experience outstanding training and ample opportunities to become a world-class performer within this interdisciplinary, accredited musical theatre degree program.
This demanding professional major will prepare you for a competitive career in musical theatre, and is the only Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 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.
Musical theatre major distinctives
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 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.
Career options for musical theatre majors
As a graduate of the musical theatre program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Theatre performer
For more information on career planning for the musical theatre program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship opportunities for musical theatre majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of musical theatre internships. A few examples include:
- Gaiety School of Action in Dublin, Ireland (during J-Term)
- Local performance companies
Students in the musical theatre program will take courses in directing, acting, tap dance, ballet, modern dance, jazz, choreography, history of theatre, music theory, voice and ear training and more.
Put what you learn into practice
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.
While earning your musical theatre degree, you’ll have chance 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. You may also consider studying at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland!