Hands-on, practical learning is at the center of the Theater/Musical Theater Concentration in our Performance, Arts & Technology degree program. You’ll get on-stage experience on Day One as you read scripts and start blocking the fall show. Our expert faculty will combine your performance studies classes with a hands-on approach that will help you to develop your skills in acting, improvisation, scriptwriting, set design, theater tech, and more — all of which will make you stand out beyond Vermont State. With student-created performances that win national awards, our program will train you to be a theater professional who is ready to run the show.
We understand that the cost and value of your education is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most affordable colleges in Vermont and why more than 80% of our students receive aid. We're here to help you fit this program into your unique financial picture. Contact this program's Admissions Counselor any time to discuss what types of financial aid are right for you.
Combined with scholarships and aid, a Vermont State education is within reach for students from all financial backgrounds. Speak with our Admissions Counselor to estimate what your true out-of-pocket costs might be for this program.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Performance, Arts & Technology
$9,984 Full Time Annual
$19,992 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,416 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$7,830 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,068 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
Why Study Theatre/Musical Theatre at Vermont State
Learning by Doing: You’ll have many opportunities to work on everything that goes into a performance—scriptwriting, score composing, set design and construction, directing, marketing and promotion, even managing the front office.
Theater Career Preparation: We’ll help you learn the business side of performing arts, too, including how to dress, communicate, and present yourself in interviews and auditions.
Teaching License: You can even pair your Musical Theater Concentration with initial education licensure to prepare for a career in teaching musical theatre.
What You’ll Learn
You’ll do much of your learning through practice, by writing and directing your own plays, designing and building sets, managing the front office, preparing programs, and promoting performances. By coordinating every aspect of a theater production, you will enter the world of professional theater ready to run the show.
Outside the Classroom, In the Community
Get ready to take the stage and perform for the Vermont community. You’ll perform in several shows each semester — including a fall immersive theater production, spring musicals, improvisation group performances, chorale concerts, dance shows, and independent student projects. You will also gain hands-on experience managing shows for visiting acts and performers.
Dibden Center for the Arts, originally built for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, will be your home base as a Performance, Art, and Technology Major. Here, you will act, design, sing, rehearse, and perform. Everything you learn will be put into practice on the Dibden stage. Dibden is also home to many of our acting, technical theater, and music classes.
“We’re learning how to push the envelope, how to create art and theater in new ways, not just in the ways that have been done before. It’s so unique. It’s amazing. I love it. It’s a real community.”