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 attends National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as CAP Unified Auditions in Atlanta, 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.




View the BFA in theatre with an emphasis in 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 co-productions with local theatres where students from each discipline has the opportunity to learn what it’s like to mount a professional production alongside Equity actors in a condensed rehearsal process with an extended performance run.