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B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

Develop your skills.
Discover your process.
Dare to find your artistic voice.
Musical Theatre at Penn State is recognized as one of the finest training programs in the nation. Our mission is to train young artists so that they may thrive in the professional musical theatre and enjoy a successful and lifelong artistic journey. Students are recruited nationally and share a positive, professional, and dedicated attitude as humans and artists that allows them to enter the Industry ready to contribute to the stories they want to tell and the art they want to make.

The Musical Theatre B.F.A. degree program is an intensive pre-professional training program with alumni working around the country and the world.

Our faculty is made up of artists dedicated to both the profession and the academy. As working actors, dancers, music directors, choreographers, and directors, we bring our students Broadway, national tour, regional theatre, and film and television experience. With a ratio of thirteen faculty to forty-nine students, the training is individualized, specific, and demanding.

Students accepted into the program will receive specialized training in singing, acting, and dance. In addition to this training, Penn State Musical Theatre offers signature initiatives like the New Musicals Initiative (which commissions musical theatre writers to write for our students), the Master Class Series, and our unique Musical Theatre Wellness Center – which assists our students in the areas of Mental, Physical, Vocal, and Nutritional Health during their training.


Connect with us

We are so proud of our many alums working around the world. Below are just a few of the exciting projects that involve Penn State Musical Theatre alumni. Check back frequently – we are always updating!

  • Caroline Bowman – Frozen, National Tour (Elsa)
  • Adam Jepsen – Frozen, Broadway (Sven)
  • Talia Suskauer – Wicked, National Tour (Elphaba)
  • Christian Thompson – Ain’t Too Proud, Broadway (Smokey Robinson)
  • Gilbert Bailey II – Beetlejuice, Broadway (Ensemble)
  • Keely Beirne – Frozen, Broadway (Ensemble)
  • Audrey Cardwell – Falsettos, National Tour (Cordelia)
  • Kevin Clay – The Book of Mormon, International Tour (Elder Price)
  • Ixchel Cuellar – Mean Girls, Broadway/National Tour (Swing)
  • Alex Dorf – Cats, National Tour (Swing)
  • Patrick Graver – The Book of Mormon, National Tour (Ensemble)
  • Marcus Paul James – Ain’t Too Proud, Broadway (Swing)
  • James T. Lane – Kiss Me, Kate!, Broadway (Paul)
  • Nathan Lucrezio – Diana, Broadway (Ensemble)
  • Allie Pizzo – Aladdin, National Tour (Ensemble)
  • Liz Schmitz – Hello Dolly, National Tour (Ensemble)
  • Jason Sparks – Kiss Me, Kate!, Broadway (Associate Choreographer)
  • Laurie Veldheer – Plaza Suite, Broadway (U/s Jean, Mimsey)
  • George Vickers – A Bronx Tale, National Tour (Tyrone)
  • Brinie Wallace – The Book of Mormon, National Tour (Ensemble)
  • Aidan Wharton – Wicked, Nation Tour (Ensemble, U/S Fiyero)
  • Maria Wirries – Dear Evan Hansen, National Tour (U/s Zoe, Alana)
  • Julio Rey – Tootsie, National Tour (Ensemble)
Musical Theatre students performing a scene from American Idiot.

See it in 360º

Welcome to our studios and spaces! Each of these 360º views is a portal of sorts into the learning and performance spaces in the School of Theatre!

You can click-and-drag to control the view in the frame, and there are embedded ‘links’ within the viewer that enable you to move among physical locations. By clicking the arrow icon at the footer of the viewer window, you can access the tour navigation menu, including the full screen (and you really should check these out full screen).

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Theatre Performance Classrooms + Stages


Considering the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre? Consider this.

​With our curriculum, initiatives, and connections – we are defining 21st century Musical Theatre training.

  • Tony, Grammy, Obie winning writers work in our New Musicals Initiative

  • Master classes taught by Broadway’s elite professionals

  • Graduating students leave with professionally filmed material for their websites

  • Each year, we spend time in NYC taking classes, seeing shows, and meeting alumni

Alumni Spotlight

Penn State provided the specialized training required to succeed in my field in the “real world,” as well as a strong network of alumni to guide me once I got there.
Penn State alumna and events professional Carolyn Quinn wearing headset.

Alumni Spotlight

Carolyn Quinn

B.F.A. in Theatre 2016

Carolyn Quinn is an events professional based in New York City. She is currently a production coordinator at Sequence Events, a Global Top 50 Events Agency. Prior to Sequence, Carolyn spent time at Baseline Theatrical and in the general management office of Hamilton: An American Musical, as well as freelancing for high-profile corporate and non-profit events, new
theatrical works, and television and film, including working on the production team for the 71st Annual Tony Awards.

An overhead shot of the 2018 Global Forum hosted in the Oculus World Trade Center. Carolyn Quinn production managed the event with Sequence for the Wharton School of Business.

News from A&A

Higgins receives Association for Theatre in Higher Education outstanding teacher award

Jeanmarie Higgins, associate professor of theatre, is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious ATHE Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher Award.

Jeanmarie Higgins, associate professor of theatre, is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher Award, given by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). The award


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