students singing onstage in front of a cross hanging from the ceiling
Spring Awakening, 2020
Student actors perform Into the Woods
Into the Woods, 2019

The BFA in Musical Theatre degree program offers a rigorous concentration in theatre, music, and dance to a select number of highly disciplined, motivated, and talented students. The program includes a focus on musical theatre repertory, opera theatre, musical styles, and more to prepare students for a professional career as a performer.

Program Requirements

BFA Requirements Plan of Study


Applicants for the BFA in Musical Theatre are expected to:

  • have taken private voice lessons,
  • have good sight-reading ability,
  • demonstrate elementary piano skills to understand basic music theory, and
  • be able to read treble and/or bass clefs


The process of auditioning for the BFA in Musical Theatre happens in parallel with applying to CU Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences. Here are the steps:

  1. On the Common Application, indicate you will be a BA in Theatre
    • You cannot put in BFA in Musical Theatre until after you have passed the audition 
  2. Complete your prescreen by sending us the following required materials:
    1. The online BFA in Musical Theatre Application form
    2. A personal essay
    3. One recommendation from a voice or theatre teacher who knows your musical ability
    4. Your headshot and résumé, including any training and experience you have in music, theatre, and dance
    5. Your recorded components, which are listed below

Download the Recommendation Form

Recorded Components

Prepare two, full-song selections of musical theatre repertoire that contrast in style and decade of composition. Please keep each selection shorter than 90 seconds in length. Both songs must be memorized. If you need to cut your selection to meet the time requirement, please have the full recording available and prepared, should faculty wish to hear the song in its entirety.

Prepare one short monologue. The monologue must be from a play or a musical, memorized, and should be performed in the context of the entire play. The monologue should be no longer than 90 seconds. Choose a monologue that is appropriate for your age and experience. Be prepared to discuss the play or material as a whole.

Required of all submissions, present a 30-60 second clip of yourself moving/dancing. Your full body should be in view at all times. You may choose a cut from a musical or dance performance in which you participated, or you may record something original. Any style is acceptable: musical theatre, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, etc. Wear appropriate dance attire that will show clean lines. Dance music may be live or recorded.

Optional, for applicants with dance training: Execute a set of plies, tendues, grand battements and pirouettes. Straightforward, simple exercises are preferred. Side view is best.

*We are committed to finding a diverse group of individuals of varying skill levels and in different areas. You may be a strong singer/actor who moves well, while others may bring extensive dance training (or vice versa). The movement/dance portion of your audition should reflect who you are as a performer. We will accept a wide array of presentations.

  1. Avoid extreme close-ups and include full-body shots. Try to balance the piano’s volume with your singing, but do not sing with a microphone or extra amplification.
  2. Say your name and the name of the song, monologue or dance before you begin each section.
  3. Upload recorded components to YouTube or Vimeo and be sure the view settings are set to "public." Please email link(s) directly to

COVID-19 protocol audition process

All applicants, both Colorado residents and non-residents alike, are required to submit recorded materials. We strongly recommend, due to high applicant numbers, that you choose to submit as early as you are able. Once recordings have been reviewed, applicants will be notified and instructions will be sent if a virtual-live audition is required.

Evaluation of Progress

Continued enrollment in the BFA in Musical Theatre program is dependent upon satisfactory progress, as determined by the performance faculty in the College of Music and the Department of Theatre & Dance. Admission into advanced courses will only be with permission from the performance faculty through evaluation, and when appropriate, by audition. This determination will be made each semester.

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