BFA Musical Theater Program
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BFA in Musical Theater
Pace Performing Arts’ Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Musical Theater offers elite training by well-connected professionals working in the industry that combines the disciplines of acting, music, and dance.
Designed to train the unique performer, the BFA in Musical Theater offers you the opportunity to showcase your abilities and talents while preserving and refining your individuality. Our acting, music and dance courses have all been designed with the professional musical theater performer in mind, and each class seeks to bring together these three disciplines into a cohesive synthesis.
Broadway shows are no longer defined by stereotypical archetypes such as ingénue and comic side-kick, so producers are looking for unique and authentic actors who do not necessarily fit into the tight confines of these clichés.
At Pace Performing Arts we want to nurture your unique and authentic voice. Our approach is a balance of process (the work) and product (the results). Our small class size and specific curriculum will ensure that you receive the individual attention you need to ensure your growth as a performer as well as your academic success.
Our faculty is comprised of New York theater professionals who have the unique ability and passion to work with young performers. Your music theory professor could be a Broadway composer, your acting teacher could be appearing in a major motion picture, your dance teacher could be performing on Broadway, and your audition technique class could be taught by a top ten casting director.
Pace Performing Arts produces over 50 productions a year in one of our many performance spaces – including musicals, plays, dance concerts, and performance labs that develop new, cross-discipline works. We believe that live performance is a key element to the training and development of the performing artist.
Every January, Pace Performing Arts presents Pace New Musicals – staged reading of a new work that puts our students in direct contact with today’s musical theater creators.
Every successful career is based as much on what you know as who you know. Our campus is rooted in New York City’s theater community, and you start to build relationships the day you arrive at Pace Performing Arts, not the day you graduate. With department permission and guidance, students are permitted to audition for professional productions while still enrolled at school.
Our guest directors and master class artists are some of the top minds in the field. Recent visiting artists include Jack O’Brien, Joanna Gleason, Adam Guettel, Jerry Mitchell and Stephen Flaherty.
Your career begins the day you enter Pace Performing Arts not the day you graduate!
All applicants must first read the complete audition requirements and then upload the required materials. If a callback has been issued, the second audition will require you to attend one of our on-campus or regional auditions (details below).
Please prepare two contrasting 32-bar song selections. Contrasting could mean a difference in style and/or vocal range. Please prepare one contemporary monologue under 90 seconds.
You will be asked to participate in a dance audition run by our dance faculty. Please dress in dance attire for this portion and bring your tap, jazz and ballet shoes. If you don’t have all of these shoes, don’t worry — we only ask that you can move well in the shoes you bring.
|1.||You will have an accompanist for on-campus auditions; please recorded accompaniment for our Chicago and Los Angele auditions.|
|2.||Have your songs in a binder – not in a book or loose leaf.|
|3.||Your accompanist will not change keys or play from a lead sheet.|
|4.||No a capella singing.|
We suggest that you choose material that will best show us you. Not how high you sing or how loud you belt – but what you are made of. Find material that speaks to you. We strive to nurture your individuality and what makes you unique, so show us who you are!