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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)
Audrey Cardwell – The Music Man, Broadway, (Ensemble and Marian u/s)
Kevin Clay – The Book of Mormon, Broadway (Elder Price)
Ixchel Cuellar – Hamilton, National Tour (Swing)
Alex Dorf – The Boy Band Project
Amina Faye- Six, National Tour (Jane Seymour)
Jasmine Forsberg- Six, National Tour (Jane Seymour)
Marcus Paul James- Ain’t Too Proud, National Tour (Otis Williams)
James T. Lane – Ain’t Too Proud, National Tour (Paul Williams)
Connor McRory- Funny Girl, Broadway (Swing)
Jake Pederson- Wicked, National Tour (Boq)
Allsun O’Malley- Wicked, Broadway (Vacation Swing)
Allie Pizzo – Aladdin, National Tour (Ensemble)
Julio Rey – The National Lampoon Broadway Vacation, Seattle Pre-Broadway (Ensemble)
Talia Suskauer – Wicked, Broadway (Elphaba)
Christian Thompson – The Devil Wears Prada, Chicago Pre-Broadway (Christian Thompson)
Brinie Wallace- A Beautiful Noise The Neil Diamond Musical, Boston Pre-Broadway (Swing)
Maria Wirries – Kinky Boots, Off-Broadway (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

You’ve gotta work hard to play hard. Sure, some people can skirt by without working as hard as others, but that will only take them so far.
Penn State Musical Theatre alumna Brinie Wallace

Alumni Spotlight

Brinie Wallace

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre 2016

Brinie Wallace is currently an ensemble member in the North American tour of The Book of Mormon after premiering the musical in Australia. She says her Penn State education reinforced in her the need to be “present and persistent” in the musical theatre profession, so you are ready to take on whatever challenges come your way.

Brinie Wallace, second from the right, performs as a member of the ensemble in the nationally touring Broadway production of “The Book of Mormon.” Wallace is a 2016 Penn State School of Theatre graduate. IMAGE: The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 2019

News from A&A

Ponce de León receives URTA scenic design and technology award

Founded in 1969, the URTA works to ensure the continued renewal of the American theatre by supporting excellence in the professional training of new artists.

Milagros Ponce de León, associate professor of scenic design and head of the B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology Program, was recognized by the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) with

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“They cared more about me as a person”: Musical Theatre student grateful for connections made at Penn State

Musical Theatre senior, Alex Wind, has been a leader on and off the stage.
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Ann Talman reflects on her relationship with Elizabeth Taylor and time at Penn State

Actress Ann Talman discusses her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor and her time at Penn State in an entertaining Q&A.
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