Music Theatre

Five, six, seven, eight! Were you the star of every high school show? Do you love getting into character when the stage lights go on? Life is too short to be waiting in the wings. As a music theatre major, you’ll spend the next few years going to musicals, performing on stage, and immersing yourself in the exciting history of music theatre. If you’re a triple threat, then don’t wait another beat.

What will I learn?

As a music theatre major, you'll spend your days (and, let's be honest, plenty of nights) studying acting, voice and dance. You’ll learn about all types of musicals, cabaret, operetta and dance—from the greatest hits to the latest productions—with lectures, small studio classes and one-on-one lessons that improve your communication skills and build your confidence. And you'll take courses in choreography, technical design, music theory and other related subjects that give you a broad overview. Of course, you’ll also build your portfolio and reel by participating in productions.

What can I do outside of class?

Each year, you'll find hundreds of ways to gain experience and make friends. 

  • Productions. Get involved with on-campus musicals, plays and concerts as early as your first year, with opportunities to perform, design, tech and manage shows.
  • Internships. Spend a summer at a theater, theme park or other venue.
  • Study abroad. Immerse yourself in the culture of some of the world’s greatest cities .
  • Student organizations. Have fun and explore new ideas as you create workshop productions.
  • Research. UB students have worked with faculty and participated in international conferences.
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What can I do with a music theatre degree?

Our graduates have performed in Broadway productions of "Wicked" and "Pippin" (among many others), on national and international tours (such as "Mamma Mia!" and "West Side Story"), at Walt Disney World and Six Flags, on cruise ships, in movies and on television. So if you (or your parents) are worried about your future, take a breath and keep reading.

At UB, you'll get valuable skills that you can apply to a broad range of career paths, including:

  • Business. Become a manager, producer, agent, critic, or even an entertainment attorney or journalist.
  • Design and production. Help bring shows to life as a designer, artist or technician.
  • Education. Inspire the next generation in a school, a studio or at a university
  • Performance. Many students become an actor, coach, director or playwright.

Who will I learn from?

From Broadway and film to television and regional theaters, our faculty are internationally recognized, highly experienced and well-connected.

They are active actors, directors, technicians and scholars—and are members of the Stage Actors Guild, Actor’s Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, United Scenic Artists and other leading organizations.

Of course, they are also exceptional teachers and mentors, having earned the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and numerous other honors for teaching and mentoring.

UB also hosts world-class guest artists and alumni who work closely with students in master classes, productions, workshops, seminars and performances, making it even easier to get experience and grow your network.