For a student of theatre, New York City is the place to be!
Why Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan?
MMC is centrally located in Manhattan and offers classes that allow students to experience the richness of the city. We combine professional theatre education and training with the liberal arts, teaching our students how to create compelling, informed, imaginative, and innovative theatre. Our students are exposed to great theatre — on Broadway, Off-Broadway, along Theatre Row, and downtown in experimental theatres — and they take advantage of the best of New York City’s internship opportunities.
Pursue one of our BFA majors in Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design and Technology, or Stage and Production Management, or choose one of our BA in Theatre Arts major concentrations in Directing, Theatre History and Performance Texts, Theatre and New Media, or Writing for the Stage. We also offer Minors in Arts for Communities, Arts Management, Drama Therapy, Music, and Music Industry.
For Application and Audition/Interview information, please go to our Prospective Students page.
Musical Theatre Summer Intensive 2024
Where better to study musical theatre than the home of Broadway?
Take part in the MMC Summer Academy’s Musical Theatre Intensive for rising high school juniors and seniors and hone your skills in the heart of New York City.
Priority Deadline is 02/18/2024
Commitment to Equity and Transformative Justice
The Theatre Arts Department is committed to creating a culture and curriculum that are ethical and equitable. Theatre Arts faculty and staff pledge to develop and implement recruitment strategies, curriculum, pedagogy, and theatre production practices that are anti-racist, anti-sexist, gender, body, ability, national origin, and LGBTQIA+ inclusive. They will also engage and collaborate with students to eradicate biased structures. This departmental work is grounded in a commitment to Transformative Justice.
Transformative Justice is a collection of methods designed to give communities—in our case, classroom, studio, production, and department communities—autonomy over social systems. Theatre Arts faculty implement these practices in Theatre Arts courses and productions as a way to build community. The hope is that these practices will help us to create new ways to listen, question, and respond to conflict/disagreement when it arises.
Marymount Manhattan is perfectly positioned to launch your career in the theatre, as it did for our 2015 Tony Award-winning alumna Annaleigh Ashford.
Our alumni go on to perform in nationally recognized stage productions, TV shows, films, and more. Check out some of our alumni credits below:
Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Six Degrees of Separation, Sunday in the Park with George, Sylvia, You Can’t Take it With You, Spiderman, A Night with Janis Joplin, Big Fish, Kinky Boots, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bullets Over Broadway, Sister Act, Jekyll & Hyde, Bring It On, Next to Normal, Hair, The Lion King, Legally Blonde, Wicked, Avenue Q, Rent, and The Drowsy Chaperone.
Film and TV CREDITS
Mr. Robinson, Supergirl, Kevin at Work, Penny Dreadful, Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Glee, The Big Bang Theory, So You Think You Can Dance, The Good Wife, and Saturday Night Live.
NYC Theatre Company Associations
Lincoln Center Theatre, The Public Theatre/Shakespeare in the Park, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Second Stage Theatre, New World Stages, The Vineyard Theatre, The New Group
The Juilliard School, Yale School of Drama, Harvard University, Old Globe/University of San Diego, Brown University, New York University, and the University of California, San Diego, among others.
Meet Our Alumni
Class of 2005, BFA in Acting and Musical Theatre
Tony Award winner, Best Featured Actress in a Play, You Can’t Take it With You
I always knew that my opportunity to become a better artist would start with living in New York City. I could further my education as a performer with all the best resources at my fingertips. Marymount Manhattan College and New York City were a perfect match for me.
Class of 2017, BFA in Acting
Thanks to Marymount’s BFA Acting program, I have become a disciplined, well-versed actor and a well-rounded human being. I particularly attribute this to the integration of my liberal arts education. I have carried all of the vocal, movement, and acting techniques I learned in school with me into the professional world, and needless to say, I would not be where I am today without the help of all of my glorious teachers paving the way!
Class of 2006, BA in Theatre Arts
I moved to New York wanting to be an actor. MMC helped me realize that there were other careers in the theater. If not for the flexibility of MMC’s liberal arts programs, I would not have been able to make the transition from in front of to behind the curtain so easily or fruitfully.
Class of 2012, BA Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre
Marymount Manhattan College allowed me to create the exact college experience I wanted! The wide variety of classes, the wonderful professors, and the convenience of being in New York City all helped me explore many different aspects of theatre arts. I got real-life experience in the city during my years in school. That was the most valuable part of my time at Marymount Manhattan.
Marymount Manhattan is where I learned to run a light board, help build a set, and assist in hanging lights. As an actor, I believe it is important to have an appreciation for every aspect of what goes into making a complete piece of theatre. Now I joke with the crew of shows I work on and say…’I know how to do that!’
Class of 2011, BFA in Acting
“MMC, with its strong liberal arts foundation and passionate faculty, provided me with the opportunity to grow…as an artist and as a human being…opening my eyes to imagine my future…with curiosity, hope and a viewpoint of limitless possibilities.”
– James Cusati-Moyer ’11 (Broadway: Slave Play and Six Degrees of Separation. Off-Broadway: Fire and Air, at Classic Stage Company; Regional: Portland Stage Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival; M.F.A. Yale School of Drama)
Class of 2004, BFA in Acting major
“Studying theatre helped me to discover and explore all the different parts of my personality and gave me confidence to make bold choices. The actor in me loves to bring a lot of energy, physicality, and humor to my hosting work.”
– Matthew Rodriguez ’04 (A longtime staple of the Hollywood entertainment scene as anchor of the celebrity and lifestyle TV program POPSUGAR and as a live broadcast reporter from the Academy Awards. He’s worked with leading names in the industry such as Hilton, Cirque du Soleil, CBS’s The Talk, Wanderlust, ABC’s The View and FOX.)
Class of 2005, Major in Theatre Arts
After earning a BA in Theatre Arts at MMC, Laura Wood ’05 went on to earn a master’s in Drama Therapy at New York University and a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She is an Assistant Professor at Lesley University, teaching drama therapy full time in the Drama Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program.