Musical Theater

The Good Person of Szechwan

The Good Person of Szechwan

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

You live for the spotlight and you know what you want – a rewarding career that brings together acting, voice and dance. You want to learn and grow in a dynamic place filled with talented young artists taught by top professionals, where a robust liberal arts education helps inform your craft. You can find it all in the Musical Theater program at the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts.

You’ll study on Philadelphia’s famed Avenue of the Arts, home to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music and UArts’ historic Merriam Theater, an 1,800-seat performance venue that draws Broadway touring companies, concerts and more. In additional to having numerous performance opportunities right here at the University (starting in your freshman year), students also benefit from the city’s rich theater community, whether it’s through master classes, internships or jobs after graduation.

You’ll learn from a faculty of professional actors, directors, singing coaches and choreographers – among them a Tony Award nominee and multiple Barrymore Award winners – many of whom coach the pros as well. The city of Philadelphia provides an almost endless number of opportunities for practicing your craft in more than 100 performance venues (dozens of them within walking distance); you’ll take regular trips to New York City – less than two hours away – or travel abroad to immerse yourself in the international theater scene. Our graduates can be found on Broadway, in Hollywood and London’s West End, and in successful careers in every sector of the theater industry.

Sister Act

After UArts

Learn more about alumni like Sarah Bolt BFA '03 (Musical Theater) who have found success after graduating from UArts.

Rory Donovan as the Monster in "Young Frankenstein"

In the News

Theater grads Rory Donovan BFA '11 (Musical Theater) and Lukas Poost BFA '11 (Musical Theater) snag leading roles in national touring productions.

Big River

Featured Student Work

Work by Adam Hoyak '13 (Musical Theater) is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.