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Conservatory of Performing Arts

Musical Theatre


A scene from Conservatory Theatre Company's production of Oklahoma! Photo | Jeff Swensen Conservatory Theatre Company presented Oklahoma!, directed by Broadway's Patrick Cassidy and choreographed by Associate Professor Zeva Barzell.

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

Point Park's B.F.A. in musical theatre is a rigorous eight-semester program designed to prepare graduates for a career in the professional theatre. 

The 129-credit program places a strong emphasis in all areas of musical theatre — acting, music and dance — and the demands of the training, performance and creative components are intensive. 

Rigorous Training and Hands-On Experience

Students learn from faculty who have trained and worked on stages around the world. Acclaimed guest artists, playwrights, directors, choreographers and casting directors regularly come to Point Park's Downtown Pittsburgh campus to conduct master classes and workshops.

Through collaboration with visiting artists, as well as a senior showcase in New York, the B.F.A. in musical theatre program provides opportunities to ensure a strong foundation for a career on stage.

Students have the opportunity to audition for the Conservatory Theatre Company and Playhouse Jr., as well as select roles with The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company.

Musical Theatre Course Offerings

The B.F.A. in musical theatre requires fewer electives, and offers a rigorous structure that encourages students to focus on skills and training towards becoming a professional musical theatre actor.

You will receive a well-rounded education by combining the core curriculum and courses in your major:

  • Acting
  • Voice and Speech
  • Music Theory/Piano/Sightsinging
  • Foundations of Musical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre History
  • Theatre History
  • Ensemble Singing
  • Musical Theatre Acting Techniques
  • Repertoire
  • Professional Seminar
  • Stage Makeup
  • Elements of Stagecraft
  • Production

For a comprehensive list of program requirements, see the degree requirements and course descriptions.

Musical Theatre Alumni

Graduates are well-positioned to join a network of alumni who are actively working on Broadway, as well as in national tours and premieres.