B.A. in Theatre with a Musical Theatre Concentration

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Enhance your professional options by combining your passion for musical theatre with a solid foundation in theatre study and performance. This program gives you the opportunity to develop your talents - plus the added flexibility to pursue a second major or up to two minors.

Program Highlights

In this dynamic four-year sequence, you will study acting, dance and voice. Your professors will nurture your talents and skills, and expose you to both the theoretical and practical aspects of musical theatre and theatre.

As a student in this track, you will:

  • Take weekly half-hour private voice lessons
  • Participate in tap, jazz and ballet dance classes
  • Attend weekly Musical Theatre Labs featuring notable guest arts and master classes
  • Audition for all campus musical theatre and theater productions (required after the first semester), which include 6 main stage productions and two cabarets
  • Audition senior year to participate in a showcase in New York City, performing for industry professionals

You will join and participate fully as a member of the theatre and musical theater community with a rich tradition of excellence.

Flexible Options

This program is taught by the same expert faculty and features the same fundamental core coursework as Rider's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program.

But by comparison, this concentration in Musical Theatre offers you a total of 39 elective credits (13 courses) compared to just 9 credits (3 courses) in the BFA. These electives give you the flexibility to earn a second major or up to two minors to diversify and broaden your career skills in such areas:

  • Arts Administration
  • Communication Studies
  • Dance
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Event Planning and Production
  • Popular Music Studies.

In all, Rider offers nearly 100 majors and minors from which to choose, based on your goals and interests.

Program Faculty

From Broadway and beyond, Rider boasts a professionally active theatre and musical theatre faculty whose members bring exceptional national and regional backgrounds as actors, dancers, choreographers, producers, directors, set designers, and more.

Performance Facilities

Rider's professional quality theatre and musical theatre productions are presented in these excellent performance facilities:

  • The Yvonne Theater
  • The Spitz Studio Theater
  • Bart Luedeke Center Theater


Rider's location in central New Jersey also gives you easy access by train or car to nearby New York City and Philadelphia to audition for productions and attend the latest shows and concerts.


THE 105: Theatre History to 1700 3
THE 106: Theatre History since 1700 3
THE 107: Acting I 3
THE 115: Stagecraft 3
THE 240: Script Analysis 3
THE 400: Directing 3
MTR 111: Musical Theatre Lab (8 semesters)* 0
Total Credits 18
MTR 105: Practicum 1
MTR 131: Music Theory for Musical Theatre 3
MTR 132: Group Piano 1
MTR 120: History of American Musical Theatre 3
MTR 215: Musical Theatre Performance 3
MTR 218: MT Scene Study I 3
MTR 493T: Musical Theatre Production Technology
THE 127T: Theatre Production Technology
MUS 168B: Applied Voice (Private Lessons)

THE 110: Acting II 3
Ballet (2 semesters) 2
Jazz Dance (1 semester) 1
Tap Dance (1 semester) 1
Total Credits 30
General Education Courses (Required) 33
Free Electives 39
Total Credits to Graduate 120

Learn More

For more information about the concentration in Musical Theatre, B.A. in Theatre, please contact:

Ivan Fuller
Professor; Associate Dean, School of Fine and Performing Arts; Department Chair
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Dr. Ivan Fuller serves Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts as professor of theatre, chair of the Theatre & Dance Department and Associate Dean of the School of Fine & Performing Arts. Rider is located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He teaches courses in Theatre History, Script Analysis and Dramatic Literature.