BFA in Musical Theatre

The world is a stage for a graduate with a degree in Musical Theatre from Webster University. Our program is unique. Not only do students complete a four-year sequence in the Conservatory Acting Program, but they also complete an intensive sequence of courses in music and dance complemented by liberal arts courses that balance curriculum and provide a well-rounded education.

Year One is about discovery. Classes in acting, voice and speech, movement, stagecraft, text analysis and make-up are all designed to help you discover what it means to be an actor and establish the basis for a personal technique. Methods include centering and aligning, vocal production and phonetics, games, exercises, improvisation and scene study.

The second year of Conservatory is about exploration. Through work with highly contrasting styles of dramatic literature, the basic technique established during the first year is strengthened and stretched. Basic acting technique is extended through song study. Classes in yoga, neutral mask and physical characterization are added to the core of acting and voice and speech.

The third year of Conservatory is about application. The work in contrasting styles becomes even more ambitious. Skills acquired in the previous two years are applied to the various Broadway genres and to the completion of an audition book. Voice and movement classes develop even more specific skills in dialects, period movement and stage combat.

The fourth year of Conservatory is about refinement and looking toward the future. You'll learn how to interview, audition and perform cold readings. Acting for the camera, commedia dell'arte and clown are investigated. Toward the end of the year, you'll present yourself in a showcase in New York and Los Angeles for agents, producers and casting directors.

Points of Distinction

  • Award-winning Alumni include 2011 Tony recipient Norbert Leo Butz, 2007 & 2008 Emmy winner Jay Heiserman and Tony award winner Jerry Mitchell.
  • International campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; Vienna, Austria; Leiden, the Netherlands, and Thailand and China provide unique educational experiences that reaffirm the love of art and theatre.
  • The Conservatory's integrated association with professional theatre companies, two of which are located on campus: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Webster also enjoys a one-of-a-kind association with a professional musical theatre, The MUNY.

Degree Requirements

This degree requires 113 required credit hours, 12 general education credit hours and three elective credit hours.

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