Majors & Programs

Musical Theatre (BFA)

In this renowned BFA, students hone their acting, singing, and dancing to become onstage storytellers and rising stars.

Thinking about studying musical theatre at Emerson? Then start by imagining yourself at the end point: graduating as an Emersonian and performing on the world stage as part of the next generation of musical theatre makers and collaborators. 

Will you be ready at that moment to take your place among today’s emerging young talent? Will your years of honing your craft in musical theatre prepare you to stand among the working professionals in the industry who are your teachers, mentors, and fellow alumni? To answer, let’s go back to the start of your studies. 

Nestled in the heart of Boston’s Theater District, Emerson’s Musical Theatre BFA is one of the most celebrated pre-professional performance programs in the nation. From the first day, you will be challenged and coached by a distinguished faculty holding credits from Broadway, regional theater, opera, television, film, and composition. You will strive for excellence with these attentive and demanding professors, taking risks and sharing high standards with supportive fellow students as you develop your talent for acting, singing, and dancing.

You will experience rich performance opportunities through Emerson Stage, the College’s producing organization that serves as your laboratory for studio development. In classrooms, studios, and on stage, you will work to refine your craft and sharpen your skills, to hone your process and your approach to musical theatre performance, and to develop and foster what you specifically bring to your creative work. Many of these learning experiences will take place in Emerson’s glorious performance spaces, like the art deco Robert J. Orchard Stage at the Paramount Center and the magnificent 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre. 

As part of the BFA program, you will discover opportunities to audition during your studies for summer positions in New York, New England, and at other highly regarded theatrical venues nationwide. You will also join two exciting showcases for our graduating seniors: the annual spring showcase in Boston and our annual one-of-a-kind autumn showcase in New York City. Your audience for these showcases includes industry reps, directors, producers, and noted Emerson alumni. 

By graduation, you will be ready to join Emerson alums working regularly on and off Broadway, regionally, internationally, and on major tours, because Emerson’s program nurtures your inherent talent into dynamic expressions of your unique and individual creative voice. When you ultimately assume the professional stage—the world stage—you will truly be able to bring your all.