Bright Star - Theatre Production

Theatre: Musical

Mode of Study:
On Campus
Degree Level:
Undergraduate, Major, Minor
Degree Types:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
School of Performing Arts

Changing the Face of American Theatre Through Music

Catawba’s fine arts degree in Musical Theatre is a complementary, interdisciplinary degree program offered by the Departments of Theatre Arts and Music. Learn the art of Musical Theatre styles, practice different styles of voice, delve into music theory, and study the repertoire through Musical Theatre History and practice.

Mad Ones- Theatre Production

Although there are very specific courses in both theatre arts and music that you’ll take as a performing arts student majoring in Musical Theatre, you will also be welcomed and encouraged to take courses in all areas of the Theatre in order to further suit your educational goals and aspirations. Our goal is to cultivate the growth of well-rounded theatrical musicians, artists and scholars who are accomplished leaders and theatre-makers, valuing creativity and collaboration as a way of understanding and connecting with the world through musical theatre.

Program Highlights

  • Scholarships

    Theatre Arts majors are encouraged to apply and audition for a number of scholarships offered through the Catawba College Theatre Arts department, covering all or part of your tuition and expenses.

  • Internships

    Catawba’s Theatre Arts majors regularly intern with professional theatre companies like The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the American Shakespeare Center.

  • Study Abroad

    Many Theatre Arts majors study abroad with professional theatre companies, programs, and residencies taking them to the U.K., Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, Germany, Japan, and Estonia.

Theatre Degree Programs

Learn about the Theatre Arts programs at Catawba College and why they are so unique. Fields of study include Theatre Arts, Design & Production, Performance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Arts Administration.

Theatre Arts Facilities Tour

Take a student-led guided tour of the theatre arts venues and facilities at Catawba College.

Catawba has been such a fantastic place for me to grow, develop, and learn. If I had not attended Catawba, I would have sorely missed out on many opportunities. Even now, I still long for those rehearsals and performances. They were so fulfilling and fun. That process reminded me why I wanted to pursue theatre in the first place.

Madeline Auchter '17 BFA Musical Theatre

Program Details



Catawba’s Theatre Arts majors regularly intern with professional theatre companies like The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the American Shakespeare Center. Through a unique partnership with Lee Street theatre in Salisbury, North Carolina, CataLST, a semester-long internship, provides professional experiences and leadership opportunities in production and performance to exceptional Catawba College Theatre Arts majors.


Dance Masterclass students and guest choreographer

Let your passion for Theatre Arts thrive by participation in The Blue Masque, Catawba College Theatre Arts’ student organization. Open to all students, Theatre Arts majors and non-majors alike, the Blue Masque hosts a variety of social activities, fundraisers, and service project each year and is one of the oldest and largest clubs on campus.

Through the Blue Masque Alumni Facebook page, the annual Blue Masque Hall of Fame celebration, and the Adopt a Senior program, Catawba’s Theatre Arts majors connect with a vast network of Theatre Arts alumni who are working in all areas of the performing arts both nationally and abroad. Catawba Theatre Arts alumni offer graduating students employment advice, provide locale information, and often serve as a conduit to help performing arts degree grads land an audition or a job interview.

Catawba College Theatre Arts students frequently aspire to join Catawba’s Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national Theatre Honor Society. Alpha Psi Omega is an active social and service organization for aspiring Theatre Arts professionals whose primary aim is to encourage dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career.



Careers - Catawba's Musical Theatre majors are trained to adapt and be flexible in the face of a rapidly-shifting theatrical landscape. This is why theatre companies consistently hire our performing arts graduates to work in professions like these:

  • Co-founder and Managing Artistic Director
  • AEA Actor
  • Actor/Company Manager/Resident Choreographer/Academy Principal
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre
  • Stage/TV Actor in L.A. and Chicago
  • AEA Off-Broadway Actor

Graduate Schools Catawba College performing arts alumni who have completed Catawba's Theatre Arts bachelor's degree program have gone on to earn graduate degrees at the following schools:

  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Accademia dell'Arte in partnership with Mississippi University for Women
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Georgia
  • UT Austin
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts

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