Why Choose Nazareth for Musical Theatre?

The BFA in musical theatre is a pre-professional degree that integrates voice, acting, and dance to prepare you for a life in the arts. Classes are taught by industry professionals, Nazareth faculty, and visiting guest artists in a rigorous yet supportive environment.

Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes enable individual attention.
  • Students showcase talents each year in spotlight performances.
  • You can begin auditioning for casting as early as your second semester.
  • Industry professionals regularly teach and direct musicals in the program.
  • You are prepared and encouraged to audition for regional theaters as well as StrawHat in New York City and New England Theatre Conference.
  • Benefit from Nazareth's strategic regional partnerships with professional theatres, agents, and producers. Nazareth is proud to partner with Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, a unique collaboration that allows Nazareth students to get real world experience both on and off the stage.
  • Seniors perform their final showcase for agents in New York City.
  • Option: Train with professionals on London’s West End through short-term study abroad with other Naz musical theatre students and faculty.
Guest artists

Current Students and Recent Graduates

Logos and names of stages and performance venues, including Disney Resort, Geva, The Rev

Recent graduates have secured positions at the following: Disney Tokyo, Busch Gardens, Cinderella national tour, Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn (off Broadway), Kid Frankenstein The Musical (off Broadway), Arizona Broadway Theatre, Geva Theatre, The Argyle Theatre, mainstage at Merry Go Round Playhouse, resident Youth Tour, Bristol Valley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and New York Musical Theatre Festival. Other recent graduates work as agents at Meg Pantera The Agency and Liz Lewis Casting Partners.

How to Audition

Auditions are required for this major. View audition details and register.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Alumni Spotlights

Anna Kostakis
Anna Kostakis ’19
Ty Gabriel Jones
Ty-Gabriel Jones ’21
Cat Flint
Cat Flint '21
Violet Stephania ’22
Violet Stephania '22
Christopher Salvaggio, musical theatre degree program alum, musical theatre major, Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Salvaggio '18

BFA, Musical Theatre; Dance minor

Upon graduation, he signed with a talent agent at the Luedtke Agency in New York City. Since that time, Christopher has been very busy performing professionally at venues across the country, including Arizona Broadway Theatre, Axelrod Performing Arts Center, The Argyle Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse, and Tibbits Opera House. In 2022, Christopher completed a year-long tour with Cats, The Musical for the 40th Anniversary North American Tour, portraying Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat.

Example Careers

  • Performer
  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Arts administrator
  • Agent/manager
  • Stage manager

Internships/Field Experiences

  • The Juilliard School
  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
  • Geva Theatre Center
  • Rochester Broadway Theatre League
  • Bristol Valley Theatre
  • Stella Adler Acting
  • Summer stock around the country
  • Woodstock Playhouse

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Theatreworks USA
  • Walt Disney World
  • Goodspeed Opera House
  • The New School
  • Geva Theatre Center
  • RWS and Associates Entertainment, Inc.
  • Actor's Theatre of Louisville
  • Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival
  • Southern Methodist University