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Department of Music and Theatre

BFA in Musical Theatre

There is no audition required for admittance into the BFA in Musical Theatre.

Musical Theatre is a prescribed degree. After completing the common core classes, students focus their studies specifically on musical theatre performance in the areas of acting, singing, and dancing. Chico State Theatre are institutional members of the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance, the international organization uniting Musical Theatre programs around the world.


Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts' Degree: 120 units

See Bachelor's Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Special Musical Theatre Requirements

  1. In the annual spring auditions, each student must demonstrate appropriate competence in the major before a faculty committee. Consult with an advisor for format and standards upon admission to the degree program.
  2. Students must participate in auditions for all theatre productions or make portfolio presentations.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

BFA in Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre BFA Degree Map(opens in new window)

Recent Master Classes Include

  • Noah J. Ricketts (Broadway: Disney’s Frozen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)
  • Grey Henson (Broadway: Mean Girls *Tony Nomination*, The Book of Mormon)
  • Nikki Snelson (Broadway’s Legally Blonde, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweet Charity)
  • Aaron Lazar (Broadway’s The Light in the Piazza, Mamma Mia, The Last Ship, Phantom of the Opera)
  • Krysta Rodriguez (Broadway’s Addams Family, In The Heights, Spring Awakening)
  • Krystina Alabado (Broadway’s Mean Girls, American Psycho, & American Idiot)
  • Nikki Renee Daniels (Broadway’s Company, Book of Mormon, & Porgy and Bess)
  • Erza Menas (Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill.  Film: West Side Story)
  • Douglas Lyons (Broadway’s Beautiful & The Book of Mormon)

Equity & Inclusion

Theatre is a safe place where all are welcome.  Chico State Theatre is committed to creating and fostering an environment that is inclusive and equitable, and we welcome all races, gender identities, religions, political affiliations, body types and sexualities.  This mission is ongoing and evolving, and that commitment is unwavering.  Conduct that is not conducive to this mission will not be tolerated. 

Chico State Theatre is committed to inclusivity in the main stage season.  A minimum of 50% of productions will come from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ creators.  Additionally, Chico State Theatre will continue to reimagine new approaches to both contemporary and classical works.

New Works Lab
Chico State Theatre is excited to partner with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, one of the largest Theatrical Rights Organizations in the world, with a New Works Musical Theatre Ensemble each Fall.  This exciting partnership gives students to work on world premiere musicals in a real life New Works Lab format.
Program Coordinators

Musical Theatre
Matthew Teague Miller
Office: PAC 205
Phone: 898-5493

Dance Minor
Megan Zollinger
Office: PAC 207
Phone: 898-4353