Musical Theatre Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)



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4 Years

Delivery Method

Traditional, On Campus at Lancaster, PA

Why Study Musical Theatre at LBC?

If you’ve always dreamed of performing under the bright lights, take your first step to getting there. With classes that focus on theater and the Bible, and the chance to interact with professionals in the field – including former and current Broadway performers – we will equip you with the tools you need to become a great performer.

LBC’s convenient location in the Mid-Atlantic affords students the chance to network with eight local theatres, is within driving distance of 15 theatrical venues in the greater Philadelphia area, and we boast a consistent high placement of LBC students in vocal competitions. We also have excellent relationships with other local performing arts companies and organizations, like Sight & Sound Theatres and Servant Stage Company.

LBC also has it’s very own performance venue in downtown Lancaster, the Trust Performing Arts Center, where students experience world-class visiting performing artists whom they can interact with in masterclass settings.

So if you’re looking for a Christian college that will give you an education in musical theatre with the Bible at its core, consider Lancaster Bible College.

Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Musical Theatre Program Cost & Financial Aid

Where LBC Students Have Interned

  • Actor in Local Professional Theatre Company
  • Actor in Local Christian Theatre Company
  • Actor in Spoken Word Ministry


Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy

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Bachelor's Program Scope

Musical Theatre (143 Credits)

Bible & Theology Courses 33 Credits

Arts & Sciences Courses 37 Credits

Music & Musical Theatre Courses 72 Credits

LBC 100 Foundations Seminar 1 Credit

Christian Service 0 Credit

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Hear from Our Students

Hear from three theatre majors as they share insights into being a student in the LBC Musical Theatre program.

Program Distinctive - What makes this program at LBC unique?
  • Learn from top performers who have starred in regional and national performances.
  • Perform in one of our annual theatrical productions.
  • Receive training from working professionals, including the team at Sight & Sound Theatres.
Career Paths in Musical Theatre

The Theatre program prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Actor
  • Community Theatre Director
  • Performer
  • Stage Director
  • Theatre Producer

Our students and alumni have been hired at:

Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Technical: Demonstrate basic musicianship skills in sight-singing, dictation, conducting, voice and piano.
  • Faith Integration: Describe and demonstrate the integration of Biblical faith in life and career as artists.
  • Synthesis: Apply historical and theoretical understanding to the analysis, performance, and creation of musical forms, processes, and structures found in representative examples from the western music tradition.
  • Demonstrate professional skills in voice, dance and acting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of repertoire of musical theatre.
Core Courses for a Theatre Student
  • MUS 100 Music Fundamentals
  • MUL 100 Piano Fundamentals
  • MWP 400 MWPA Cross Cultural Externship
  • MWP 102 Intro to Music, Worship, & the Performing Arts
  • MUS 101 Music Theory I
  • MUS 101L Musicianship I Lab
  • MUS 102 Music Theory II
  • MUS 102L Musicianship II Lab
  • MUS 211 Introduction to Composition
  • MUS 211L Musicianship Lab III
  • MUS 301 Music Theory IV: Adv. Harmony
  • MUS 301L Musicianship Lab IV
  • MUS  MUS 212, MUS 231, or MUS 330
  • MUL 101 Piano Lab I
  • MUL 102 Piano Lab II
  • MUS 221 Conducting I
  • ENS 132 Musical Theatre
  • ENS 114 Fall Production [2]
  • ENS 201 Musical Theatre Workshop [4]
  • ENS 101 NC Chorale (Non-credit) [4]
  • ENS Elective
  • MAP 201 Applied Music – Voice [8]
  • MAP 100 MPWA Forum
  • MPR 399 Junior Recital
  • THR 499 Musical Theatre Showcase
  • MWP 301 Worship & Performing Arts Internship I
  • MWP 302 Worship & Performing Arts Internship II
  • MWP 450 Worship & Performing Arts Practicum
  • THR 340 History of Musical Theatre and Repertoire
  • MPR 401 Performance Career Seminar
  • THR 101 Acting I
  • THR 102 Acting II
  • THR 201 Acting / Meisner I
  • THR 202 Acting IV
  • THR ___ Electives [2]
  • DAN 130, 230, 330 Ballet [2]
  • DAN 130, 230, 330 Ballet NC [2]
  • DAN Jazz [2]
  • Jazz NC [2]
  • DAN Tap
  • DAN Tap NC
  • DAN 360 Musical Theater Styles I
  • DAN 370 Musical Theater Styles II

Meet the Musical Theatre Faculty

Stephen Atherholt, MFA
Director of Musical Theatre
Catherine Walker, BFA
Adjunct Faculty - Vocal
Danika Steinmetz, BFA
Dance Coordinator/Adjunct Faculty- Dance
Allison McClune
Adjunct Faculty- Dance
Willow Donnachie, BFA
Adjunct Faculty-Dance

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Audition for Acceptance into this Major

Every student who applies to any major in the Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department must audition for acceptance into the major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

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