Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theater

M.F.A.
Two-Year Program

Program Overview

Boston Conservatory at Berklee's master's program in musical theater offers performers a rigorous academic curriculum with comprehensive training in advanced acting, dance, and voice. Designed to refine and expand existing skills, this program prepares students to take on any role in today's theater industry.

Throughout the program, students work intimately with a faculty comprising Broadway veterans and theater professionals who provide guidance and valuable industry expertise. Students perform regularly on the mainstage, in student- and faculty-directed productions, in productions around Greater Boston, and in master classes given by acclaimed guest artists, including Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza—two Tony Awards), Nick Adams (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Susan Stroman (five Tony Awards), and Andrew Lippa (composer—Tony Award and Grammy Award nominee).

Download Program Requirements

What It Takes to Succeed

The Conservatory's musical theater graduate students come together from all walks of life, seeking specialized training that prepares them for a life in the theater. Students in this program are dedicated to exploring their potential as actors, singers, and dancers, and making valuable professional connections that will position them for success in their future careers. Conservatory students are open-minded and hardworking, and value their peers as artists and collaborators. They seek personal and professional fulfillment through creating high-quality productions that resonate with today's audiences.

View student stories

Core Curriculum

The five-semester curriculum of the M.F.A. in musical theater is a comprehensive performance-based immersion in the world of theater. Although the program emphasizes musical theater, it offers a strong theoretical and practical focus on theater fundamentals and standard industry practices. For example, students become familiar with the evolution of the art form over time through courses that explore the history of theater and musical theater. With this foundation in place, students move through a four-semester progression of courses designed to introduce them to the variety of musical theater styles and genres.

Additionally, each semester students take acting courses that explore a variety of performance methods, dance courses in ballet and jazz technique, as well as weekly private voice lessons with esteemed Conservatory faculty. At the same time, students are encouraged to audition for and perform with local and regional theater companies to gain professional experience and build a network.

The program offers many opportunities for students to participate in on-campus musical theater productions. Throughout the program, students participate in three capstone projects. The summer stock presentation on the Conservatory's mainstage is performed entirely by musical theater M.F.A. students. This production, which features both traditional and original works, gives students an opportunity to develop a theatrical work in an ensemble setting. Throughout the rehearsal process, students are deeply involved in textual, musical, and character development.

To demonstrate facility with producing their own work—from conception, to development, to physical production—second-year students present individual cabaret performances. These productions allow students to showcase their mastery of the musical narrative and the interpretive aspects of the art form.

View all courses

Your Future

Upon completing the musical theater master's program, students are armed with the practical skills and knowledge needed to meet the demands of today's theater industry. Alumni of the Conservatory's musical theater program are Tony Award–nominated actors, directors, and producers who are performing and directing on and off Broadway, on regional stages, on television, and in film.

Broadway and National Tour

  • The Addams Family Musical
  • Altar Boyz
  • American Idiot
  • Annie
  • Avenue Q
  • Baby It's You
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast
  • Billy Elliot
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Broadway Bound
  • The Burnt Part Boys
  • La Cage Aux Folles
  • Chicago
  • A Chorus Line
  • Curtains
  • The Drowsy Chaperone
  • Finian's Rainbow
  • Follies
  • Forbidden Broadway
  • The Full Monty
  • The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
  • Gray Gardens
  • Grease
  • Guys and Dolls
  • Gypsy
  • Hair
  • Hairspray
  • How to Succeed...
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Jersey Boys
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
  • A Little Night Music
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Disney's Mary Poppins
  • Memphis (Tony nomination)
  • Les Miserables
  • Once
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • The Producers
  • Ragtime
  • Rock of Ages (Tony nomination)
  • Rocky
  • South Pacific
  • Spring Awakening
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • War Horse
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Wicked
  • The Woman in White
  • Yank

Television

  • 30 Rock
  • Are We There Yet?
  • The Bedford Diaries
  • Blue Bloods
  • Girlfriends
  • Glee
  • Gossip Girl
  • Guiding Light
  • Judging Amy
  • The Knights of Prosperity
  • Law and Order
  • The Michael J. Fox Show
  • One Life to Live
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Queens Supreme
  • Smash
  • Up All Night
  • White Collar
  • The Young and the Restless

Film

  • Cougar Club
  • The Immigrant
  • The Namesake
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Why Did I Get Married?

How to apply