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Performing Arts

MCLA Performing Arts is a collaborative and unique cross-disciplinary program culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts. Students can combine a concentration in theatre with minors in music, arts management or music production, to design a program uniquely tailored to their own interests and future goals.  

Why MCLA Is Different

Located in one of the country's premier arts and cultural meccas, MCLA performing arts students leverage a dynamic range of coursework and practical application with unparalleled access to the Berkshire’s world-class performing arts institutions to become well-rounded individuals equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to careers in the theater. MCLA's Performing Arts graduates work as actors, designers, stage managers, directors, producers, technicians, artisans, engineers, and educators.

Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts Offers

  • The best of both worlds: combines the artistic discipline and training of a studio program with the intellectual rigor and scholarly breadth of a liberal arts education
  • More than 25 theatre courses in acting, directing, design, production and theatre studies
  • Extensive hands-on opportunities to practice the craft, both independently and in collaboration with faculty and guest artists
  • 4 show per year theatre production season, carefully selected to complement the curriculum
  • Small class sizes that ensure individual mentoring, greater understanding and opportunities for student development

Areas of Study

Explore each area of study for specific degrees, concentrations and minors offered.