Undergraduate Programs

BFA Theatre, Musical Theatre Concentration

Designed to prepare students for a professional career in musical theatre, both the BA and BFA provide a more specialized curriculum in the four pillars of musical theatre: acting, singing, dancing, and musicianship.

By studying musical theatre at UA, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Train rigorously in four areas of musical theatre. (Acting, Singing, Dancing, Musicianship).
  • Perform in both plays and musicals as part of our diverse theatre season and occasional touring productions as well as at SummerTide
    Cast photo from The Drowsy Chaperone
    *This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Theatre, the University’s professional theatre at the beach.

  • Understand the business of theatre. (Theatre career courses and individualized mentoring).
  • Connect with working professionals. (Regular guest artist masterclasses and Q&As).
  • Cultivate meaningful professional relationships with a dedicated musical theatre faculty.
  • Prepare for varying types of professional auditions (open calls, EPAs, ECCs, SETC, UPTA, cruise lines, and many more).
  • Showcase your talents in NYC for industry professionals during senior year.
  • Join an elite network of working alumni:
  • Graduates from the Musical Theatre Concentration have been seen in the following:
    Broadway:  Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Carousel, King Kong, Tina:  The Tina Turner Musical, WickedOff-Broadway:  Carrie, Sweeney Todd, Invisible Thread, Frankenstein

    National/International Tours:  Hamilton, Chicago, Cats, Cinderella, Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Neverland, The Color Purple, The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Something Rotten, Oklahoma! 

    And various professional regional theatres across the country (and abroad) including:

    Flatrock Playhouse (NC)
    Forestburgh Playhouse (NY)
    Florida Studio Theatre (FL)
    Big Fork Summer Playhouse (MT)
    Red Mountain Theatre (AL)
    SummerTide Theatre (AL)
    Texas Outdoor Musicals (TX)
    Tent Theatre (MO)
    Riverside Theatre (FL)
    Crane River Theatre (NE)
    Broadway Dreams (NY)
    Maine State Music Theatre (ME)
    Music Theatre Wichita (KS)
    City Springs Theatre (GA)
    Peach State Summer Theatre (GA)
    Lake Compounce Theme Park (CT)
    Music Academy International (Italy)
    Fulton Theatre (PA)
    Highlands Playhouse (NC)
    Hangar Theatre (NY)
    Tweetsie Railroad (NC)
    Okoboji Theatre, IA
    Theatre Works Tour
    Tulane Summer Lyric (LA)
    Independent Musical Productions (AL)

    Apprenticeships/Intensives:
    Gus Giordano Dance Summer Intensive
    Broadway Dance Center

    Cruise Ships:
    Norwegian Creative Entertainment
    Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
    Princess Cruise Lines

    Theme Parks:
    Dollywood (TN)
    King’s Island (OH)
    Busch Gardens (VA)
    Walt Disney World (FL)
    Hersheypark (PA)
    Cedar Point (OH)
    Six Flags over Georgia (GA)
    King’s Dominion (VA)

    Our students have also gone on to study in various graduate programs and law schools across the country including but not limited to:

    Parsons School of Design
    Emory University School of Law
    Lamar University
    NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program

NOTE: There is overlap between the material covered by both the BA and BFA, but as a whole they have distinct differences, which means what’s right for one prospective student isn’t always right for another. No matter what degree one decides to pursue, our mission is to develop the knowledge, skills, and concepts essential to the life of a musical theatre professional.

students exploring movement in a musical theatre class
This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, please contact Stacy Alley, director of musical theatre, at 205-348-6247 or slalley@ua.edu.

Interested in visiting campus to learn more about our musical theatre program? Complete our campus visit form.

Admission Process

Admission to the BFA musical theatre concentration is by audition. Auditions are held on campus each November and January, with exact dates published annually on our auditions page. Students must complete the online application form and apply to The University of Alabama in order to be considered for admission.

Students will be notified of acceptance, and eligibility for possible departmental scholarship, no later than Feb. 1. If accepted, continuance is dependent upon satisfactory development, evaluated annually by the musical theatre faculty.

Auditions

Please visit our auditions page for up to date, detailed information on the audition process.

Have any questions? Visit our FAQ page.

Curriculum

Read details about the curriculum on our BFA Musical Theatre Curriculum page.

For more information on the department, University and/or core curriculum requirements, please visit the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

Have any questions? Visit our FAQ page.