BFA – Musical Theatre

three image collage depicting actors in three shows: Assassins, American Idiot, and White Christmas

American Idiot, Montana Theatre; White Christmas, Montana Theatre; Assassins: Masquer Theatre (clockwise from upper right)

Our Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in musical theatre is a unique and fully interdisciplinary degree drawing on the strengths of the Dance, Music, and Performance & Practice programs. The Schools of Theatre & Dance and Music are partners in this dynamic and rigorous training program—preparing students for careers in musical theatre.

Why choose UM?

  • Training in the triple-threat skill set
  • Required courses in acting, singing, and dance every semester
  • Multi-faceted courses in acting and professional skills
  • Specialized musical-theatre repertory classes in auditioning and duet & ensemble work, often including end-of-semester showcases
  • Voice lessons blending classical technique with contemporary commercial music styles
  • Dance courses in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, modern dance, and choreography
  • Development of solid musicianship skills in music theory & sight singing, piano, and choir
  • Master classes with musical theatre professionals and Broadway performers

Performance Opportunities

Performance Philosophy

This degree is built on the tradition of a performance-based BFA. BFAs are guaranteed three performance roles in UM productions. Venues include the Montana Theatre, the Masquer Theatre, and other venues both on and off campus—including potential employment with regional theatre companies.

Senior Project: Musical Theatre Showcase

Training culminates in senior projects and a showcase overseen by faculty mentors.

Zootown Cabaret: The Ensemble for Musical Theatre

The Cabaret entertains audiences through musical theatre song and dance revues—developing students’ connection to character and emotion in song.


David Cody

Professor of Voice and Musical Theatre
School of Music

Pamyla Stiehl

Associate Professor of Theatre
School of Theatre & Dance

Heidi Eggert

Associate Professor of Dance
School of Theatre & Dance