The BFA degree in Musical Theatre is rooted in the liberal arts tradition of Lees-McRae College and is designed to prepare you to pursue a career as a performer and or leader in musical theatre. Entrance into the BFA in Musical Theatre is by audition only. Transfer students should audition in the semester before they plan to enter Lees-McRae College.
- Musical theatre students are eligible for scholarships provided through the performing arts program.
- Three mainstage productions are produced each year as well as student-directed scenes.
- You'll receive one hour of private voice, a half hour of accompaniment and a master class each week during the academic year.
What You'll Study
Acting, dance, and voice will be your main areas of study. However, we believe in the well-rounded theatre practitioner, so you will also take classes in technical theatre, management, artistic direction and cultural and historical perspectives. You are also required to complete an intensive course in stage combat and an internship.
Beyond the Classroom
Intern with Lees-McRae’s professional Summer Theatre company, travel to England or New York City during our May term and participate in mock auditions in front of multiple professional companies.
You'll also have the opportunity to travel to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) – the largest theatre conference in the U.S. – with faculty and peers to build connections and find employment.
Common Career Areas
- Musical Theatre Department Chair Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts
- ELWOOD in the Blues Brother's Show at Universal Studies
- ANCHOR in Finding Nemo, the Musical at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom
- Director at Quincy Music Theatre
- The educator with N.E.W. Musical Theatre Workshops
- Freelance Actor
About the School
We have one mission. Lees-McRae educates and inspires students to approach life and work from a creative, collaborative, and critical perspective in preparation for diverse careers and environments.