The bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree in musical theatre is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in musical theatre. The program provides interrelated educational experiences in music, theatre, and dance that prepare students for the production of musical theatre in the professional, academic, and community theatre environment.
As part of the theatre and dance experience at Samford, School of the Arts students share an innovative curriculum, Catalyst, which is designed for the next generation of artists. The new course structure provides a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment for students to prepare for today's job market while developing skills to fulfill meaningful vocations. The program culminates in an immersive senior Catalyst project, providing a professional-level experience.
Recent productions include Children of Eden which starred guest artist David Phelps, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Pretty Funny, On the Town, Jane Eyre, Bat Boy and the Wizard of Oz. The 2018-19 season will feature a musical theatre evening celebrating Rodgers and Hammerstein and the musical production of Freaky Friday.
I am thankful for the community of people at Samford. Faculty members are constant encouragers and advisors who not only help hone your craft but also stress becoming a person of integrity. My art means so much more to me now… Samford inspired me to take both my talent and faith into the world. --Elizabeth McGuire, ’17, musical theatre
View the guidelines for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.
Students can work on internships during the semester with local Theatre companies. Many students also use their summer break to complete internships with regional professional theatres. Some recent Internships include:
- The Prizery, Virginia
- Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina
- Barter Theatre, Virginia
- Telsey & Co., New York
- Lexington Children’s Theatre, Kentucky
- Charleston Stage
- Orlando Shakespeare Festival
Every three years, students travel to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland, which is the largest theatre festival in the world, with over 2,500 performances in three weeks. Recent productions include The Curious Savage, Our Town and Alice in Wonderland.
Students also have the opportunity to spend a short term or semester at Samford’s Daniel House, an international study center in London. Students take classes and can participate in internships in some of London’s most prestigious theatre companies.
Our students go on to work professionally in theatre as actors, directors, designers stage managers and technicians at all levels from Broadway to regional theatre, children’s theatre, and in film and television. In addition, graduates also pursue careers as teachers coaches, producers and critics.
Many graduates continue their studies at prestigious at schools such as New York University, Columbia University, Louisiana State University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Georgia and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
99% of School of the Arts undergraduate students were employed or pursuing continuing education within six months of graduation.
There are three audition opportunities for students interested in the program.
- November 16-17
- February 1-2
- February 22-23