Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre

The University of Nevada, Reno rolled out a newly approved B.A.-Musical Theatre program. Curriculum has fully considered the demands of all three fields contained in the degree (theatre, voice and dance) in an effort to build competitive, triple-threat performers. The musical theatre program is a small program housed within a large university. Here, students will receive a liberal arts education with conservatory-level training. Students are provided more one-on-one attention and an education that cultivates individualized learning. School of the Arts professors are working and practicing professionals. Their industry involvement ensures students will receive a relevant and current education. Additionally, the Department of Theatre and Dance has a close relationship with the Department of Music, which gives students access to many other classes and opportunities. The School of the Arts is devoted to nurturing and training students to help them reach their full potential as performing artists.

Please note the B.A. Musical Theatre degree is an auditioned program. Acceptance to the musical theatre program is separate from acceptance to the University.

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The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in theatre. The minor program provides students with classroom and production opportunities. Scholarly and practical skills are developed in theatre arts including acting, directing, designing and other areas of technical theatre and children’s theatre.

The Department of Music offers a minor in music. The minor program emphasizes the development of an appreciation for different music genres, knowledge of music theory, exposure to the history of music and applied experience in ensemble playing.

Why study musical theatre at the University of Nevada, Reno?

Musical theatre majors have access to fantastic facilities to rehearse and perform. The Redfield Proscenium Theatre features 362 seats and the Redfield Studio Theatre features a multi-configuration black box with seating for up to 162. In addition, the department also boasts a state-of-the-art lighting lab which is 900-square-feet of dedicated space for the instruction of stage lighting design.

The Department of Theatre and Dance hosts two student theatre productions each year providing students with professional acting experience, as well as invites a number of resident performing artists to the classroom for discussion and training.

In addition, here's how the musical theatre degree at the University of Nevada, Reno stands out:

  • Small program within a large university; maximum of 16 students in each cohort.
  • Conservatory-level training combined with an R-1 University and a liberal arts degree.
  • 9:1 faculty-to-student ratio.
  • Six productions annually: two plays, two musicals and two dance productions, as well as performance opportunities outside the department (operas, music ensembles, community engagements).
  • Student-centered individualized learning in a collaborative, holistic, cutting-edge learning environment.
  • Faculty composed of active industry professionals; directors, choreographers and performers.
  • Easy access to Lake Tahoe and Reno while still residing on a true college campus.

Scholarships and financial aid

Students at the University of Nevada, Reno have the opportunity to benefit from a number of theatre and dance scholarships. In addition, the University offers a number of general academic grants and scholarships helping to offset the cost of tuition.

Internships/career opportunities

Graduates of the musical theatre program in the School of the Arts have gone on to become extraordinary performing artists. Other than becoming a professional actor, musical theatre majors are also prepared to work in education and any public service field, which requires interaction with the public. Our graduates gain highly-regarded liberal arts skills in communication, writing and analytical thinking which sets students up for a variety of exciting careers.

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