Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative
The Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative (BTAC) is Berklee’s premier musical theater training program dedicated to the development and professional success of new musical theater writers, music directors, conductors, arrangers, instrumentalists, stage managers, and performers. Our program encourages students to follow their passions and interests as well as explore new areas of study to become multifaceted musical theater professionals.
BTAC's mission is to support the evolution of musical theater on Broadway and beyond; this includes empowering underrepresented theater artists to create and perform original stories and new theatrical works from diverse perspectives, as well as advocating for industry-wide inclusive hiring and casting practices.
BTAC is led by Rene Pfister as artistic director, Danielle Vitullo as managing director, and a group of Berklee faculty who are passionately dedicated to teaching theater arts within a variety of career tracks with a focus not only on how theater is performed, but on how it is made.
Yes. We offer a variety of minors and courses in musical theater for students to study the many facets of the industry, from composing to performing and more. Our minors do not require an audition to declare, but some of our courses do require an audition to enroll. Courses that require an audition are announced several weeks prior to registration periods with audition information and requirements.
Besides enrolling in our minors and courses, there are several other ways for students to get involved with musical theater at Berklee, including cabarets, Curtain Up, and more.
- 48-Hour Musical Theater Project: Composers, writers, music directors, lyricists, and performers come together during an intense weekend burst of creativity to generate six new 15-minute musicals in 48 hours.
- Cabarets: This series of monthly open mic nights at Berklee's Red Room at 939 Boylston Street is intended to showcase students' musical prowess through Broadway or original musical theater works. Cabarets are held on the first Monday of each month.
- Curtain Up: This concert and songwriting contest features original musical theater songs written and arranged by Berklee students. For more information, see the Curtain Up Facebook page.
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