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.

“We do two full musical productions a year, so students in the musical theatre program are constantly practicing their craft.”

David Baecker, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Arts and Letters

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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.

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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.

Learning Experience

The Musical Theatre program combines practical artistic experience with a solid liberal arts foundation so that when you act, sing and dance, you will have the knowledge of other disciplines to deepen your personal expression.

Perform with Confidence

You will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to participate in educational, professional or semi-professional productions with competence and skill. Performance opportunities include main stage productions, voice recitals and participating in student-directed productions and workshops.

Course Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Musical Theatre provides comprehensive training in musical theatre while maintaining a firm grounding in the liberal arts. The goal is to foster flexibility and versatility in students to enable them to participate in musical theatre on a number of levels.


Students applying for admission into the musical theatre program must perform an entrance audition.

Please prepare the following materials:

  • Two memorized contrasting two-minute monologues from standard classical and contemporary dramatic literature.
  • Two songs — one uptempo and one ballad (accompanist provided; please bring sheet music).

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Musical Theatre Program Faculty

Professor of Theatre
Edith McCrae Professor of Fine Arts; Professor of Music Managing Director, Theatre Institute at Russell Sage
Instructor of Dance