Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater

B.F.A.
Four-Year Program

Program Overview

Boston Conservatory at Berklee's musical theater program is internationally recognized, consistently ranked among the best in the United States, and has been listed in Playbill’s "Big 10" most represented colleges on Broadway for three consecutive years. Working with distinguished faculty in one of the nation’s most active theater cities, students receive rigorous and innovative training in acting, dance, voice, movement, music theory, and dramatic literature to help them become a new generation of theater artists destined to reshape the American musical. Mainstage, black box, and other performance opportunities reflect diverse styles and genres, from Broadway hits to modern classics to world premieres of devised works.

Boston Conservatory’s location in the heart of Boston situates students within one of the world’s leading theater cities. Home to more than 100 theater companies, Boston was recently ranked as the third best city in the United States for musical theater.

Recent master class artists and guest artists include Tony Award winners Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) and Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, The Music Man); Oscar winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody); visionary director Anne Bogart (coartistic director of SITI Company); legendary choreographer Susan Stroman (winner of five Tony Awards); director and actress Tina Packer (founder of Shakespeare & Company), who has directed all of Shakespeare’s plays; and several Boston Conservatory alumni working on- and off-Broadway in productions ranging from Hamilton to Hadestown.

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Our Students

Boston Conservatory musical theater students are authentic and original. They recognize that they have a calling and that the theater is their home. Generous, curious, ambitious, and fearless, Boston Conservatory students are driven by the desire to express their personal truths and shape the future of musical theater. They are focused on developing an individual path to personal and artistic fulfillment. At the same time, they are socially aware and understand that theater has the power and capacity to illuminate truth and change the world.

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Core Curriculum

The four-year curriculum of the B.F.A. in Musical Theater program immerses students in a variety of techniques and styles pertaining to acting, dancing, and singing, as well as studies of dramatic literature, the collaborative process, and cultural diversity. In the first two years of the program, students move through a progression of dynamic foundational courses in acting, movement, dance (ballet, jazz, and tap), voice and speech, musical theater history, the rehearsal process, and piano. They also receive weekly individualized voice lessons with their applied voice teacher.

In their junior and senior years, students refine their skills and delve deeper into advanced techniques, such as acting for the camera or devised theater. They have the opportunity to expand and explore their interests by choosing an emphasis in acting, directing, dance, playwriting, or songwriting. Some students choose to pursue a four-course minor in areas such as Creative Entrepreneurship or Visual Culture and New Media Studies.

In their final year, students work closely with faculty to hone their audition techniques and prepare for professional careers in New York City, regional theater, film, and television.

Your Future

Boston Conservatory is dedicated to helping students define their own unique path to a meaningful career and life in the performing arts. That’s why so many of our alumni are award–winning performers, directors, musical directors, and producers working on and off Broadway, in regional theaters nationwide, and in television and film.

Broadway and National Tours

  • Aladdin
  • An American in Paris
  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Band’s Visit
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Chicago
  • Come From Away
  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Frozen
  • Fun Home
  • The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
  • Hadestown
  • Hairspray
  • Hamilton
  • Head Over Heels
  • Hello Dolly!
  • Indecent
  • Jagged Little Pill
  • Jersey Boys
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Misérables
  • The Lion King
  • Mean Girls
  • Motown the Musical
  • Moulin Rouge
  • My Fair Lady
  • Oklahoma!
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • The Prom
  • Ragtime
  • Spring Awakening
  • Torch Song
  • Waitress
  • West Side Story
  • Wicked

Regional Theater

  • Arena Stage
  • Arizona Theatre Company
  • Atlantic Theater Company
  • Barrington Stage Company
  • Dallas Theater Center
  • Denver Center Theatre Company
  • Drury Lane Theatre
  • Geva Theatre Center
  • Goodspeed Musicals
  • Guthrie Theater
  • Hartford Stage
  • Huntington Theatre Company
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • Lincoln Center
  • Long Wharf Theatre
  • Lyric Stage Company
  • Manhattan Repertory Theatre
  • New York Stage and Film
  • The Old Globe
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Paper Mill Playhouse
  • Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
  • The Public Theatre
  • Roundabout Theatre Company
  • Signature Theatre
  • Studio Theatre
  • SpeakEasy Stage Company
  • Vineyard Theatre
  • Walnut Street Theatre

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