Theatre and Dance

BFA in Musical Theatre

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Musical Theatre is one of WIU's "Signature Programs". The degree is designed to prepare students for a professional career in musical theatre or admission into an advanced degree program. The BFA in Musical Theatre provides students with rigorous specialized training in acting, dance, and voice.  Students in the Musical Theatre program are afforded a variety of in-class and onstage performances throughout the undergraduate career, culminating in a senior project.

Benefits at WIU

  • Working theatre, dance, and music artists serve as faculty and staff, including full-time voice & dance instructors
  • Students gain valuable proficiency in their craft and performance skills
  • Comprehensive pre-professional training program produces engaged, motivated professionals with highly sought after skills
  • Excellent major for those needing career flexibility over their lifetime
  • Learn and perform with the best! This competitive program requires auditions for admission
  • Honors curriculum available to qualified students

Possible Careers

Musical Theatre students make OUTSTANDING employees for their wide range of abilities, such as creative problem solving, time management, performance and public speaking, professionalism, attention detail, motivation, commitment, collaboration and teamwork, self-confidence, to name a few!

They are well prepared to enter careers in:

  • Musical Theatre
  • Teaching
  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Choreography
  • Arts Management
  • Foundation and Development
  • Directing
  • Musical Direction