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Performing Arts

MCLA Performing Arts is a collaborative and unique cross-disciplinary partnership with programs in theatre, music, and dance culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts. Students combine concentrations in theatre and music, with minors in theatre, music, dance 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 or music professions. MCLA's Performing Arts graduates work as actors, designers, stage managers, directors, producers, technicians, artisans, musicians, 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
  • More than 20 courses in music and over 10 areas of private lessons in performance (voice &instrumental)
  • State of the art recording studio for extensive curriculum in music recording and production
  • 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.


  • Concentration in Music
  • Minor in Music
  • Minor in Music Production


  • Concentration in Theatre
  • Minor in Theatre