Perform your way to a degree
Complete this important step in your theatrical career and leave with a musical theatre degree and lots of experience.
Majoring in Musical Theatre
Our Musical Theatre program offers training in the creative processes, history and theory of theatre as well as arts management and stagecraft. If you’re interested in acting, dancing and singing, and are committed to a professional career in the performing arts — this program is for you!
All theatre students do an intensive internship and work alongside local, regional and international companies. Students have interned at local theaters (Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre, Berkshire theaters, etc.), educational institutions and media outlets.
Russell Sage College also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre for students interested in using the arts to bring stories to life.
Theatre Institute at Sage
The Theatre Institute at Sage provide quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming for residents of Albany and Troy, New York.
As part of the Theatre Institute, our Musical Theatre program provides hands-on, multifaceted learning experiences enhanced by long runs (usually two weeks) of theatrical productions. This allows students to be constantly active as performers, technicians, teachers and administrators — and to develop not just in rehearsal, but over a longer performance schedule.
Musical Theatre Major Spotlights
When Holley Kaiser began to look at colleges for Musical Theatre and Dance, her former English teacher — a Russell …
“It’s fun, seeing how what I’m learning in school applies to the professional world.”
Coming from the Bronx, it seems only natural to expect that Tyler Cardona might have found his new life in …
“I’ve never once felt like a number in my classes. I already know my professors here better than I knew my high school teachers after four years.”
Careers with a Musical Theatre Degree
Recent graduates of Sage’s Musical Theatre program are working as actors, as a costume designer on Broadway, a labor attorney (inspired by experiences as a member of the Actors’ Equity Association) and in arts administration.
A Musical Theatre degree prepared these Sage graduates for success.
“My experience in the theatre industry really guided my career choice,” says future attorney and Russell Sage College Musical Theatre …
“Working with everyone in Russell Sage’s Theatre department crafted my approach to work: focusing on kindness and having fun while always pushing yourself to produce the best product possible.”
She hasn’t taken a class with her former professor for more than a decade, but Elivia Bovenzi will be following …
Graduate Studies with a Musical Theatre Degree
A Master of Fine Arts degree is the next step for many Musical Theatre majors who want to continue their education. This program is also excellent preparation for graduate degrees in other fields that align with your goals.
Recent graduates have been accepted to the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale and to Penn State Law School.