Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

About the Musical Theatre, BFA

Our BFA in Musical Theatre is an exciting, performance-focused program that nurtures the next generation of musical theatre artists. Our classes cultivate mastery in all aspects of musical theatre, including performance, direction, choreography, and musical composition. We’re deeply committed to creating an environment that promotes artistic growth. Embark on an enriching future of artistic discovery and growth at CWU.

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Why Study Musical Theatre at CWU?

In our program, you will have numerous opportunities to perform in productions, showcasing your talent and honing your skills.

In 2023 we put on a production of Into the Woods, and before that we’ve featured productions like Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Les Misérables. We are one of the most diverse and inclusive acting colleges in Washington state, creating a safe space for you to explore, learn, and perform.

“Musical theatre means everything, to me it is the most heightened form of emotional expression,” CWU Musical Theatre graduate Ellie Cook said. “When you cannot speak you sing, when you can't sing you dance. Musical theatre is the best teacher in lessons of the human experience.”

Where is this program offered?

How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Careers and Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take on a variety of roles in theatre and performance, fostering your love for musical theatre and the stage in a career.

  • Professional Performer: You can pursue a career as a professional actor, singer, and dancer in musical theatre productions. You could perform in Broadway and West End shows, national touring productions, regional theatres, cruise ships, theme parks, and other theatrical venues.
  • Arts Educator: Teaching musical theatre techniques and principles to aspiring performers at schools, colleges, universities, or private studios spreads your love for musical theatre and prepares the next generation of performers.
  • Theatre Producer or Administrator: You can oversee the logistical and administrative aspects of theatrical productions or work in management roles in theatre companies, performing arts centers, or arts organizations.


Make a Career of It

CWU graduates of the Musical Theatre, BFA have gone on to intern and work with companies across the U.S. including Centerstage Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, The 5th Ave Theatre, ArtsWest Theatre (Seattle, WA), Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre (Coeur d'Alene, ID), Idaho Shakespeare Repertory (Boise, ID), Midtown Arts (Fort Collins, CO), Virginia City Players (Virginia City, MT), Artists Repertory Theatre, Northwest Classical Theatre, Portland Center Stage (Portland, OR), The Old Globe (San Diego, CA), Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago, IL), Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA), Disneyland and Disney World.

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