The bachelor of fine arts in Musical Theater emphasizes rigorous training in the three pillars of musical theater – acting, singing and dancing. The BFA program at Temple University is focused on building well-rounded, versatile ‘triple-threat’ artists who have developed the knowledge, skills and concepts essential to the life of the theater professional.
The students in the BFA in Musical Theater will work alongside MFA students in the graduate program in Musical Theater Collaboration. BFA candidates also benefit from interdisciplinary training in the Boyer College of Music and Dance.
"The BFA in Musical Theater at Temple provides an affordable professional musical theater degree at a world-class university in a vibrant theater and arts community. Philadelphia boasts dozens of professional theater companies of all genres, including top-level musical theater. For a half century, Temple's Department of Theater has provided excellent theater training, with graduates appearing regularly on the stages of every major regional theater, national tours, and on Broadway."
- Peter Reynolds, Head of Musical Theater
To enter the BFA in Musical Theater, a prospective student must audition. A student cannot be accepted into the BFA in Musical Theater without first being accepted to Temple University. Acceptance into the program is offered only to those already admitted or enrolled in Temple University.
Interested incoming theater students are auditioned by the Head of Musical Theater, Director of Movement, Head of Undergraduate Acting, and the Boyer College of Music and Dance’s Head of Voice to gain entrance into the BFA in Musical Theater. The audition is rigorous and includes singing, dancing and acting. High school seniors and college freshmen are invited to audition for acceptance into the program. Information on requirements and dates can be found under Theater Admissions.
Students in the BFA in Musical Theater (as of the 2016-2017 school year) must complete the following curriculum in addition to the department's requirements.
Ballet I, II & III
Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
Voice I, II, III, & IV for Musical Theater
Speech for the Actor
Acting II & III
American Musical Theater History
Musical Theater Voice & Acting
Jazz I & II
Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater
Tap for Musical Theater
Musical Theater Dance Techniques
Senior Cabaret Workshop
Theater as a Profession
Piano for Non-Music Majors
Music Theory I & II
Aural Theory I
Musical Theater Scene Study
Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal
*BFA students are not required to take: Creativity: Basic; Introduction to Design; or History of Theater II.
^ The 9 credit-hour required elective concentration for Musical Theater is fulfilled by music core courses.
Prerequisite courses are required for admission into some higher-level courses.
All students interested in transferring from other departments, schools or universities must complete the prescreen audition process described on the Theater Admissions page. New BFA students are accepted in the Fall semester.
The BFA is a rigorous, credit-hour intensive program. For transfer students, there is no guarantee that a direct tranfer of credit hours is possible. Every transfer situation is unique and will be discussed with the department if the student successfully completes the prescreen audition process.
Graduates of Musical Theater at Temple are already working in the professional musical theater, throughout Philadelphia, in New York, and Los Angeles. These alumni have appeared on Broadway, national tours and at major regional theaters including the Walnut Street Theater, Arden Theater Company, and Paper Mill Playhouse, among others.
For more success stories, check out Alumni News.