Theater at Boston Conservatory

Your role awaits.


Your Role Awaits

Home to dreamers, rebels, and bold innovators, Boston Conservatory at Berklee offers a new model for theater education that is committed to helping students carve their own career path in theater. Many theater programs promise to create “triple threats” who can act, sing, and dance. But why be limited to three? At Boston Conservatory, talent isn’t viewed as a “threat,” but as a gift to be celebrated with respect and joy. Studying theater is a means for discovering one’s authentic self, developing an empathetic imagination, and exploring truths about the world. In our classrooms and on our stages, we celebrate both individual identity and diversity in all forms, and champion artistry as a powerful vehicle for social justice. Our rigorous and comprehensive programs promote personal choice in a supportive, creative, ever-evolving environment that is setting the stage for the future.

Awards and Recognitions

Boston Conservatory at Berklee's theater programs are ranked among the best in the world. Named a “top 10 most represented school on Broadway” by Playbill for three consecutive years (2019, 2018, 2017), Boston Conservatory has been recognized as having a top theater program by Buzzfeed, Backstage, OnStage, and more. View all of Boston Conservatory at Berklee's recent accolades.

Theater Summer Programs

Experience Boston Conservatory’s renowned theater training at one of its summer intensives. Musical Theater Acting Intensive (MTAI) is ideal for students who want to delve deep into the complex art of character development, with intensive studies in acting, singing, and movement. Musical Theater Dance Intensive (MTDI) is designed for students with a high proficiency in dance who are looking to build skills in musical theater dance, voice, and acting.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee - Theater Division History

History of the Theater Division

In 1946, noted theater director Harlan F. Grant helped the Conservatory establish its Drama Department. Using the school’s unique access to music and dance, he laid the foundation for today’s musical theater and contemporary theater programs. When Neil Donohoe took the helm in 1985, he sparked innovations that made the Conservatory one of the leading schools in the world for musical theater, setting the standard for other colleges. The Conservatory continued to break new ground by offering an M.F.A. in musical theater in 2012, and launching a B.F.A. program in contemporary theater in 2015, becoming the first conservatory to offer a degree in this subject.