Musical Theatre

B.F.A. Musical Theatre

The BFA in Musical Theatre is designed to provide outstanding pre-professional training within a liberal arts education. This interdisciplinary option requires course work in dance, music and theatre. In addition, all musical theatre students complete a strong core of liberal arts courses.

Ball State's 2015-2016 production of the new musical, MAD WORLD by
Cristian Guerrero, Chandler Patton and Steven Schmidt.The production won
multiple awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
including the national award for Distinguished Production of a New Work.

  • Our faculty members provide students with rigorous and diverse training in the areas of singing/musicianship, dancing, and acting. Students are evaluated each semester through vocal and performance juries and rigorous classroom experiences. 
  • Our undergraduate-only program allows students numerous opportunities to perform and learn experientially. 
  • Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows for the personal development of each artist as an individual. Students receive hands-on advising and mentoring from a faculty of working professionals with real-world experience.
  • Our distinguished guest faculty includes Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster who teaches a course in cabaret via Skype to all musical theatre seniors.
  • All seniors have the opportunity to audition for professional casting directors who cast and direct our New York and Chicago Senior Showcases, and our L.A. Experience.
  • We are dedicated to introducing our students to new works, having created the Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival, a unique and nationally recognized festival providing a stepping stone for new writers to move their work forward, with workshops and readings featuring our students.



Ball State's 2016 production of Hairspray in rehearsal.

B.F.A. Musical Theatre Curriculum

Related Links

Auditions and Interviews 2016-2017
Theatre Mission and Objectives