Master the Triple Threat

Enhance your performance potential by immersing yourself in the study of acting, performance and voice for the stage. Learn from faculty who possess a combined century of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring experience to prepare to succeed in the highly competitive world of professional musical theatre.

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Admission Requirements

Learn more about Rider’s application process.

How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Actualize Your Dream

Our graduates take their talents to the stage, landing roles on Broadway and in national tours, such as the acclaimed musical Hamilton, and have been spotted in film and television, and in careers behind the scenes. You’ll find alumni hard at work in one of the many career paths.

Common Careers

  • Actor/performer
  • Choreographer
  • Music instructor
  • Producer
  • Production assistant
Spring Awakening

Major Requirements

The BFA in Musical Theatre program is focused on integrating the principles and techniques of music, dance and theater.

Braden Sweeney, Class of 2017
We never stopped working at Rider, whether it was a main-stage show, a cabaret or a student-run production where we could be working on a hip-hop piece or a contemporary number. That type of eclectic training really taught me about a number of styles."
Braden Sweeney '17
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How to Apply

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

All Shook Up

Broadway is Within Your Reach

Musical Theatre majors use Rider’s close proximity New York City - the epicenter of American musical theater and home of Broadway - to their advantage to supplement their training and build lasting relationships with fellow performers. 

Showcase Your Talents

Performance lies at the heart of Rider and it serves as the key to your learning. Our abundance of mainstage and student-led productions alongside countless performance groups offer you the opportunity to put theory to practice without leaving campus.

Follies Performance


Musical Theatre, B.F.A.

Ivan Fuller

Professor of Theatre

Fine Arts Building

ifuller [at]


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