Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Emphasis in Musical Theatre

The emphasis in musical theatre prepares students with the necessary skills to work as professional actors. The BFA in theatre requires:

  • An audition for entrance into the BFA program. Auditions are held in early December, January and February. In addition, Theatre TCU students participate in the National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, drawing a student body from around the nation.
  • A yearly jury with the performance faculty. No cuts are made; the jury is a time to assess growth and create a plan for further development.
  • Common core theatre courses, including design, stagecraft, acting, lighting, costuming, makeup, script analysis, theatre history and directing.


Auditions for all TCU Productions

Casting is based on who is right for the role, not on class rank, emphasis or major. First-year students are eligible and often cast in their first semester.

Acting emphasis students are frequently cast in musicals; musical theatre emphasis students are frequently cast in plays.


BFA Musical Theatre Entrance Audition Requirements

Entrance auditions require two songs — 16 bars each, one up-tempo and one ballad — and a 90-second monologue. Be prepared to learn a dance combination to perform as a group. Bring sheet music; a professional piano accompanist is provided. No one may sing with pre-recorded accompaniment or a capella.

Entrance Audition Information


View the BFA in theatre (musical theatre) degree plan, course offerings and descriptions.


BFA performance classes average 12 students. Musical theatre and acting emphases students train together in the fundamental performance courses such as acting, movement and voice and speech.

BFA musical theatre emphasis students also take several courses in musical theatre performance, private voice lessons, musical theatre dance (all styles), musical theatre theory, musical theatre history and more.

When you graduate, you’ll join an impressive network of Theatre TCU alumni who work across the nation in professional and academic theatre, including graduates who have garnered roles as actors and choreographers on national tours, as voiceover actors for animated series, and as theatre educators.

The department encourages students to audition for local Dallas-Fort Worth theatres while at TCU, if their semester schedule and TCU commitments allow time for outside work. In rotation with our bi-annual co-productions with local theatres, Theatre TCU also produces a musical bi-annually at the 500-seat Scott Theatre located in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Musical theatre students along with the other theatre disciplines learn what it’s like to mount a traveling show.