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Musical Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre

Most programs in the UCF School of Performing Arts require an audition or interview.

The musical theatre program is designed to develop theatre artists of the highest quality through training, education and experiences necessary for the successful pursuit of professional theatre careers. Our goal is to develop and graduate student artists who are sensitive, aware and total human beings by providing our students with conservatory training within the context of a liberal arts education.

What gives UCF Musical Theatre students a competitive edge?

  • Intensive classroom work in theatre theory and practice, along with personal experiences designed to develop theatre skills of the highest quality.
  • Extensive practical production opportunities that develop student skills in performance, design and technology, stage management and theatre administration.
  • Master class opportunities and guest artist visits to provide industry expertise and to allow students to build their professional network.
  • A professional environment necessary for growth and development of our students, providing industry-like experience under the guidance of faculty and staff.

What opportunities do Musical Theatre students have at UCF?

Theatre UCF typically produces 6 shows per year, which all BFA musical theatre majors are required to audition for, including Freshman. The first auditions typically occur the week before classes begin in August. Musical theatre students may also be cast in non-musical plays. Theatre UCF also produces a spring dance concert each year that many musical theatre students participate in. Theatre UCF also produces shows through Pegasus PlayLab in the summer, but students are not required to audition for those productions.

There are also opportunities to perform in student-produced work such as 10-minute play festivals, one-act festivals and improv groups. Musical theatre students are also required to complete a professional internship before they graduate to build their resume which can be done through regional theatre, summer stock, dinner theatres, theme parks and more. Students are also encouraged to audition for local community productions, however student must prioritize Theatre UCF roles over outside roles.

What are UCF Musical Theatre graduates doing now?

Musical theatre graduates have had success across the spectrum of performance, education and business. Many of our graduates have worked or are currently working on Broadway, in Broadway tours, regional theatre, television, film, theme parks, cruise lines and more. Some recent alumni who’ve done master classes for our current students include Jerusha Cavazos ’14 (Broadway: The Prom, Off Broadway: Between the Lines, TV: Atlanta, FBI), Cornelius Davis ’13 (National Tour: Aladdin), Abby Jaros ’14 (National Tour: Hamilton, Joseph.. .Dreamcoat).

How many students are accepted each year?

No more than 16 students are accepted each year per NAST accreditation. There are at most 64 musical theatre majors in the department but there are more than 400 students studying theatre and music in the School of Performing Arts.

Click here to learn more about the BFA Musical Theatre track from the program coordinator. (updated 8/21)


Acceptance into the UCF Musical Theatre Track is a two-step process.

  1. Students interested in applying to the Musical Theatre track must apply to UCF Undergraduate Admissions. You do not need to wait to be accepted by UCF Undergraduate Admissions to submit your audition in step two. It is strongly recommended that students apply to UCF Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible.
  2. Students must submit their audition to the UCF School of Performing Arts through Acceptd. Auditions will use The Musical Theatre Common Prescreen with Option A for song & monologue and ballet option for dance. For the optional Wild Card, it should only be a demonstration of Advanced Tap Technique if the student possesses it. General auditions are not held on campus for the Musical Theatre Track, but some students may be selected for on-campus callbacks. Not all students will be asked to attend the on-campus callback and some students may be accepted to the program without a callback. Acceptance to the UCF School of Performing Arts is typically offered by mid-March.

Click here to learn more about how to apply and audition

In order to be fully accepted into the program, you must be accepted by both UCF Undergraduate Admissions and by the UCF School of Performing Arts.

All BFA students are accepted under a provisional basis their first year. Faculty will evaluate their work and decide whether or not the student may continue the program at the end of the first year. However, the program does not use a “cut system,” meaning that we hope that all students in the track will continue through graduation.

The Musical Theatre plan of study requires a Fall start for proper course sequencing. Students are not accepted to begin theatre courses in the Spring or Summer semesters.

Musical Theatre Track Callback Process

Once the UCF Musical Theatre Faculty evaluate submissions, select students will be offered to participate in an on-campus callback process. Students will be able to select one of two callback dates, typically held on two Saturdays in February. Students unable to attend an on-campus callback will be evaluated by their online video submissions.


Alumni Highlights

Abby Jaros ’14
Performer, Hamilton, Broadway Tour

Justin Matthew Sargent ’08
Performer, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Broadway; Rock of Ages, Broadway

Cornelius Davis ’13
Actor, Broadway tour of Aladdin

Jerusha Cavazos ’14
Performer, The Prom, Broadway

Eric Ulloa ’06
Performer, Oklahoma!, Theatre Under the Stars; Performer, On Your Feet: The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan; Author, 26 Pebbles

David Paul Kidder ’12
Performer, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, National Tour

Yaniv Zarif ’09
Cruise Ship Headliner

Parker Slaybaugh ’13
Broadway Performer, Holiday Inn

Deirdre Manning ’14
Actor, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, OH

Kyle Ashe Wilkinson ’15
Performer, The Book of Merman, Off-Broadway

Ben Hope ’05
Broadway Performer, Once

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