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.
Applicants for the BFA in Musical Theatre are expected to:
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:
- On the Common Application, indicate you will be a BA in Theatre
- Complete your prescreen by sending us the following required materials:
- The online BFA in Musical Theatre Application form
- A personal essay
- One recommendation from a voice or theatre teacher who knows your musical ability
- Your headshot and résumé, including any training and experience you have in music, theatre, and dance
- Your recorded components, which are listed below
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.
- 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.
- Say your name and the name of the song, monologue or dance before you begin each section.
- Upload recorded components to YouTube or Vimeo and be sure the view settings are set to "public." Please email link(s) directly to email@example.com.
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.