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.


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 musical theatre career — this program is for you!

Russell Sage College provides a hands-on, multi-faceted theatre learning experience enhanced by long runs (usually two weeks) of theatrical productions. This allows students to not just develop in rehearsal, but develop over a longer performance schedule. This is a valuable experience, whether you are on or off stage. We strive to create a community of caring and interested theatrical professionals who can respond to the world around them in a thoughtful and artistic manner.

Performing Arts Faculty

Our faculty are dedicated teachers and talented artists. Their experience and dedication has inspired the work of many Sage students and working professionals.

Program Distinctions

Part of the larger Theatre Institute at Sage, our Musical Theatre program offers you countless opportunities. Students are constantly active as performers, technicians, teachers and administrators. Our programs provide a spectrum of learning opportunities that will help you develop into a theatre professional with career options.

Theatre Institute at Sage

Established in 2011, the Theatre Institute at Sage is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming in the Albany/Troy Capital Region for youth, educators and residents. It also allows Russell Sage College students opportunities as performers, technicians and teachers.

Russell Sage College also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre for students interested in using the arts to bring stories to life.

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

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

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Your Future

Our Musical Theatre program will prepare you well for whatever comes next.


All Musical Theatre majors do an intensive internship and work alongside local, regional and international companies. Graduates of the program have interned at local theatres (Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theaters, etc.), educational institutions and local media outlets.


Students pursue graduate degrees in theatre or other areas. Others have moved to New York City to continue their theatre career and audition for roles.

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. Our Theatre programs provide training in the creative process as well as theory and history.

Perform with Confidence.

Musical Theatre majors 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 or Theatre programs 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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Program Faculty

Instructor of Dance