The B.F.A. in musical theatre is a pre-professional degree that integrates music, theatre, and dance to prepare students for a life in the arts. Classes are taught by industry professionals, Nazareth faculty, and visiting guest artists in a rigorous and supportive environment.
Our liberal arts-based education teaches critical, analytical, and independent thinking, which are essential for creative work. Small class sizes enable individual attention from the faculty, who help you grow vocally, physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
The department produces musicals, dramas, comedies, classics, dance concerts, and more in a state-of-the-art theater. Our collaboration with the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival enhances training and learning opportunities and creates an intensive professional track training program, rivaling many national programs. That three-stage festival won NY Theatre Guide's Best of 2015 Reader's Choice Award for best professional theatre (non/off-Broadway).
Through intensive rehearsing, you'll learn firsthand the commitment and discipline required for professional performance in music, dance, and drama. You'll also learn about production: set design, costuming, make-up, and lighting.
Auditions are required for this major. View audition details and register.
Education: B.S., Nazareth College (Music Education); Graduate study, Eastman School of Music, SUNY Geneseo, Carnegie Hall Studios, NYC
Education: B.F.A., Shandong College of Arts, China (Acting); M.F.A., University of Arizona (Costume Design)
Teaching and Artistic Interests: During her 20+ years teaching here, Professor Zhao designed costumes or supervised student costume designers for more than 60 productions. She also designed for Geva Theatre Center, Rochester City Ballet, and other local theatres. Before coming to the US, she taught acting and makeup at Shandong College of Arts and starred in movies, TV movies, and hosted many TV programs.
“I love to call someone and say you got the job,” says Murphy, who interned and then got hired as a talent agent with Meg Pantera The Agency in New York City. “In my first three weeks at my internship, I had booked someone for the national tour of Wicked. Now I represent many actors on Broadway, production tours, regionally, and in television and film. Working in stage managing, costume, and front-of-house roles at Nazareth made me realize that I love the production side of theater. I love how fast-paced my job is and how I can help someone achieve their dreams of being a working actor.”