About the program
The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre is a rigorous program combining training in acting, singing, and dancing with a robust liberal arts education. Our curriculum prepares our students for successful professional careers in the musical theatre industry while also giving them the education to be global citizens and contributors to society. Our freshman jump right into their musical theatre training with over 12 hours of studio instruction a week. In addition, students have the opportunity to add to their performance training as upper-classmen by taking some of the many performance electives that are offered each semester.
Our Core Curriculum
Acting, singing and dancing are at the center of our Musical Theatre Curriculum. B.F.A. musical theatre students are in an acting class every semester during their four year program, including two years of advanced classes that focus on acting for musical theatre, a dance class every morning (5 days a week in ballet, theatre dance, and tap) and a weekly private voice lesson.
Our program requirements also include: Music Fundamentals, Musical Theatre History, Voice and Speech, Song Study, Song Portfolio, and Professional Preparation (including a senior showcase). In addition, some of the electives we offer are: Directing Musicals, Cabaret Performance, Rock/Pop Performance, Acting For The Camera, Performing Shakespeare, Songwriting in the Studio, Puppetry, and Actor, Role, Celebrity: The Haunted Body on the Musical Stage.
Our performance opportunities include fully produced Fall and Spring musicals on campus or partnered with The York Theatre at Citicorp Center as well as a yearly off-site Studio Workshop production at venues such as the National Dance Institute. Additionally, each year we are funded by the Frederick Loewe Foundation for a special project in musical theatre such as a staged reading of a new work, concert or series of master classes. Our students have had the privilege of working with guest artists such as music directors Steven Oremus, Louis St. Louis and David Loud, Director/Choreographers Patricia Birch, Larry Fuller, Marcia Milgrom Dodge and Josh Bergasse and composers Charles Strouse, Frank Wildhorn and Larry Grossman.
New York City As Our Campus
Students in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program truly learn to use New York City as their campus. Whether they are attending shows on Broadway, downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn, doing research at the New York Public Library, or traveling to an off-campus class, our students experience all that the city has to offer.
Taking advantage of our New York City location, master classes and lectures have been and continue to be offered by Broadway’s finest such as Betty Buckley, Jeff Calhoun, Donna McKechnie, Lonny Price, Frank Wildhorn, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel and Tommy Tune. We also have an endowed series of master classes in honor of the late Andrew Zerman (Casting Director, Johnson, Liff and Zerman Casting and former adjunct Professor at MMC).
In addition, our faculty roster includes a large and diverse group of working professionals and academics representing the finest New York City has to offer.
Hear from our Alumni
- <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3182-adrienne-warren-09"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.JPG" alt="Adrienne Warren '09" class="lw_image" width="215" height="215" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/311,0,1110,798/22046_Adrienne.rev.1560437168.JPG 3x" data-max-w="799" data-max-h="798"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“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!’”</em></p><p> Adrienne Warren ’09 (London: <em>Tina - the Tina Turner Musical.</em> Broadway: <em>Tina - the Tina Turner Musical;</em><em> </em>2016 Tony Award Nominee, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for <em>Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; </em><em>Bring It On: The Musical</em>)</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3182-adrienne-warren-09">Adrienne Warren ’09</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, <a href="/departments/theatre-arts/ba-program/theatre-performance.php">Theatre Performance</a> major, <a href="/departments/theatre-arts/minors/musical-theatre.php">Musical Theatre</a> minor</p></div>
- <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3314-annaleigh-ashford-05"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,0,630,1200/23127_Annaleigh_Ashford_1.rev.1571851470.jpg" alt="Annaleigh Ashford '05" class="lw_image" width="215" height="215" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,0,630,1200/23127_Annaleigh_Ashford_1.rev.1571851470.jpg 2x" data-max-w="630" data-max-h="1200"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “<em>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.</em>”</p><p> – Annaleigh Ashford ’05 (2015 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Play for <em>You Can’t Take it With You</em>. Other Broadway credits include: <em>Sunday in the Park with George</em>, <em>Kinky Boots</em>, <em>Wicked</em>, and <em>Legally Blonde</em>. TV and Film credits include: <em>Masters of Sex</em>, <em>American Crime Story: Versace</em>, Columbia in <em>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</em> on Fox, <em>Nurse Jackie</em>, <em>The Big C</em>, <em>Law&Order SVU</em>, <em>Smash</em>, <em>Unicorn Store</em>, <em>Sex and the City</em>, <em>Better Off Single</em>, <em>Top Five</em>, <em>Rachel Getting Married</em>, and <em>Frozen</em>.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3314-annaleigh-ashford-05">Annaleigh Ashford ’05</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> 2005, B.F.A. in Acting and Musical Theatre</p></div>
- <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3318-mike-longo-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/149,0,577,428/23130_Mike_Longo.rev.1571858810.jpg" alt="Mike Longo '11" class="lw_image" width="215" height="215" data-max-w="428" data-max-h="428"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “<em>With so many audition and performance opportunities, Marymount provided me with real life professional experiences in discipline, auditioning, technique, process and performance in the theatre capital of the world, NYC! Within the Theatre Arts program, I was introduced to countless, current working professionals, some of which today, I can now call my fellow working artists and/or co-workers on Broadway!</em>”<em> </em></p><p> – Mike Longo ’11 (Broadway: <em>Aladdin</em> and <em>Beautiful: The Carole King Musical;</em> National Tours: <em>Kinky Boots </em>and <em>Aladdin</em>)</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3318-mike-longo-11">Mike Longo ’11</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> 2011, B.A. Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre</p></div>