Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theater

M.F.A.
Two-Year Program

Program Overview

Boston Conservatory at Berklee's highly selective master's program in musical theater is designed to enhance, refine, and elevate the performance skills of advanced contemporary musical theater artists. Our 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 closely with distinguished faculty and leading guest artists in one of the nation’s most active theater cities, students receive rigorous and innovative training in acting, dance, voice, movement, and cultural literacy.

With Boston ranked as the third best city in the United States for musical theater, students also have the opportunity to attend a multitude of local theater performances, from the American Repertory Theater (Jagged Little Pill, Waitress) and Tony Award–winning Huntington Theatre Company to cutting-edge fringe theaters.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is passionately committed to diversity in all forms. Recognizing that expressions of identity—racial, gender, or sexual orientation—are finding new forms and opportunities in American theater, Boston Conservatory engages in inclusive casting policies and community dialogues to help students better define their values and artistic choices. Students are challenged to bring their unique voice and perspective to these ongoing conversations, and actively shape the future of theater.

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Our Students

Students in Boston Conservatory's musical theater graduate program enter with previous professional experience and seek further training that both prepares them for a life in the theater and provides a terminal degree that will enable them to teach. They are dedicated to exploring their greatest potential as theater artists, and making professional connections that will position them for meaningful and diverse career paths. Boston Conservatory M.F.A. in musical theater students are open-minded, mature, disciplined, self-motivated, and value interaction with their peers as artists and collaborators. They are focused on a personalized path to refine their skills and broaden their performance technique and knowledge.

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Core Curriculum

The M.F.A. program’s five-semester curriculum offers a personalized, performance-based immersion in contemporary musical theater practice. Although the program emphasizes musical theater, it offers a strong theoretical and practical focus on a range of performance skills and experiences, such as songwriting and the business of theater. Students move through a multi-semester progression of courses that introduce them to a large range of musical theater styles and genres.

Each semester, students take acting courses that explore performance methods, dance courses in ballet and jazz, and weekly applied voice lessons. M.F.A. students are welcomed to audition for divisional mainstage musical productions or perform with local and regional theater companies to gain professional experience while completing their degree. To practice developing and producing their own work, second-year students create and perform a solo musical work as their graduate thesis.

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. With an M.F.A., students can also pursue faculty teaching appointments at universities and colleges nationwide, teaching the next generation of performing artists.

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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