Wilkes University

BFA Musical Theatre

Chorus line on stage

To pursue a career in musical theatre performance, you will need to become an exceptionally competitive performer.


The right training program can make all the difference. Wilkes University Theatre's pre-professional program will give you that edge.

Wilkes University's BFA in Musical Theatre takes a serious integrative approach to voice, acting, dance and technical theatre within a liberal arts context. Wilkes University has a growing reputation  as a demanding pre-professional theatre program which produces complete, talented, and imaginative performers. Our program focuses on providing our students with the performance experience and professional training required to build a successful career on stage or in graduate school.

Performance Opportunities:

  • Four mainstage shows (including two musicals each year)
  • Faculty directed black box shows
  • Student directed black box shows
  • Audition coaching and performance
  • Voice Studio presentations
  • Sing with our University Chorus and Chamber Singers

The musicals in our production season range from classics like “A Chorus Line” and "Cabaret" to newer cutting edge offerings such "Carrie" and the difficult and dark neo- Brechtian musical “Adding Machine A Musical”.

Dance opportunities are available each semester:

  • All levels of ballet, jazz, tap, modern and broadway styles
  • Classes in choreography
  • Dance with the resident ballet company
  • Perform in our spring dance show
Musical Theatre performers in costume.Musical Theatre performers in costume.  

Our students have opportunities to perform in every possible setting from intimate cabaret to proscenium – from original works to children’s theatre. In addition to weekly private voice lessons, Wilkes offers numerous vocal opportunities throughout the year too. It’s always interesting.

We encourage you to visit Wilkes and see a production. The best show of strength of a theatre program, ultimately, is the quality of the productions it produces.

Visit campus and speak with our students. 

It’s a great way to get a feel for Wilkes and whether it’s for you.