Combining acting, singing and dance, Musical Theater students in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts turn their talents into rewarding careers in the theater industry. From Broad Street to Broadway and beyond, our graduates can be found not only on every stage in Philadelphia, but also on and off Broadway, in Hollywood, in London’s West End and across the globe.
What makes us different: professional training in a vibrant theater city
The BFA in Musical Theater program provides professional training for a new generation of theater-makers, with a cutting-edge curriculum that is rigorous, demanding and enormously fulfilling, helping students integrate acting, dance, voice and music to become consistently believable and expressive.
The only college in the country to offer the SAVI System of singer-actor training — an innovative method designed to unlock the creative artistry of the singing actor — our top-level faculty will help you master a versatile performance technique, solid dance moves, and strong vocal and musical skills. Those faculty members are professional actors, directors and choreographers as well as winners of numerous major awards, including a 2011 Tony Award nomination and numerous Barrymore Awards.
As one of America’s great theater cities, Philadelphia offers countless performance opportunities to supplement more than a dozen shows staged by the Brind School each year. Our Avenue of the Arts location — at the heart of the cultural district of the nation’s fifth-largest city — is a dynamic environment for students to learn, collaborate and create, with dozens of regional and local theaters within walking distance.
Where do UArts Musical Theater graduates work?
Our Musical Theater alumni are on Broadway in such shows as “Hair,” “The Producers,” “Wicked” and “August Osage County”; touring with national productions like “Shrek the Musical” and “Tommy”; in Philly at award-winning theater company 1812 Productions; on hit TV shows like “The Office” and “Private Practice”; and in such movies as “The Switch” with Jennifer Aniston, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” with Jim Carrey, and as a stuntwoman in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” with Johnny Depp.