Program overview

Enhance your performance potential by immersing yourself in the study of acting, performance and voice for the stage. Learn from faculty who possess a combined century of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring experience to prepare to succeed in the highly competitive world of professional musical theatre.

Are you a high-school student interested in musical theatre? Enroll in our Musical Theatre Institute this summer!

Spring Awakening

Program requirements

The BFA in Musical Theatre program is focused on integrating the principles and techniques of music, dance and theater.

Actualize your dream

Our graduates take their talents to the stage, landing roles on Broadway and in national tours, such as the acclaimed musical Hamilton, and have been spotted in film and television, and in careers behind the scenes. You’ll find alumni hard at work in one of the many career paths.

Common careers:

  • Actor/performer
  • Choreographer
  • Music instructor
  • Producer
  • Production assistant

Broadway is within your reach

Musical Theatre majors use Rider’s close proximity New York City - the epicenter of American musical theater and home of Broadway - to their advantage to supplement their training and build lasting relationships with fellow performers. 

All Shook Up
Braden Sweeney, Class of 2017
We never stopped working at Rider, whether it was a main-stage show, a cabaret or a student-run production where we could be working on a hip-hop piece or a contemporary number. That type of eclectic training really taught me about a number of styles."
Braden Sweeney '17
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Showcase your talents

Performance lies at the heart of Rider and it serves as the key to your learning. Our abundance of mainstage and student-led productions alongside countless performance groups offer you the opportunity to put theory to practice without leaving campus.

Follies Performance

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Musical Theatre, B.F.A.

Todd Dellinger

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Arts & Entertainment Industries Management

Department of Performing Arts

Fine Arts Building

tdellinger [at]


Academic Focus: Arts Administration

Facade of the Yvonne Theater in the background of pink blossoms