Gain experience and build a diverse resume in the Musical Theatre programs at Columbia College Chicago. Our programs are designed to help you succeed in a competitive industry by fostering concrete professional skills with a variety of performance experiences. As a Musical Theatre major, you’ll receive the education you’ll need to become a multifaceted performer and theatre professional.
We stage 40 productions a year, and encourage new students to audition right away for musicals and nonmusical productions. Many Columbia Musical Theatre majors perform in student films, devised productions, and off-campus productions. You’ll become adept at auditioning, learn about the business side of theatre, and develop transferable skills applicable to many professions.
Columbia College Chicago offers two degrees in musical theatre. No matter which degree you choose, you’ll have opportunities to audition and perform often. We welcome all students to audition for shows.
Musical Theatre, BA
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers fundamental performance training in acting, singing, and dancing, and gives you enough electives to choose a minor or explore an additional area of study. View courses and requirements for the BA degree.
Musical Theatre Performance, BFA
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a selective program that trains students for professional performance careers. The BFA requires more advanced courses in acting, singing, and dancing than the BA does. You’ll study advanced audition techniques and immerse yourself in a year-long capstone class that will explore repertoire and refine your multidisciplinary talents. BFA students participate in the Senior Showcase for industry professionals.
All students enter Columbia as BA students and may audition for the BFA program their first year. View courses and requirements for the BFA degree.
The Getz Theater Center has four professional-quality stages, a state-of-the-art scene shop, stocked costume shop, and dedicated makeup/prosthetics and lighting labs.
Columbia proudly features Mainstage, a series of productions directed by faculty members. Outside the Mainstage season, students write, direct, and stage their own work, which they refine in workshops with faculty, alumni, and peers.
Chicago is home to a vibrant theatre community. You’ll see productions in Chicago’s theatre district, located just down the street from campus. Chicago is also home to innovative storefront theaters.
Our faculty’s strong connection to the Chicago and national theatre scene means we continually build opportunities for students. Through their working relationships with faculty members, some students even land professional jobs during their time at Columbia College Chicago.
Columbia faculty members do what they teach. You’ll study with professional actors, writers, directors, choreographers, and designers who work in Chicago and New York, across the country and abroad.
In 2018, Harter Clingman ’11 was cast as one of the lead players (Oz) in the first Broadway national tour of the hit musical Come From Away.
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