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Students stage a production of Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart.

Theatre (Acting) BFA

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting is designed for students serious about specialization in acting with an eye toward professional acting or graduate study.

An Exciting and Demanding Road!

The BFA in Acting is geared for those students focused on acting as their future career.

The Stanislavskian-based training teaches the craft of acting as a practice-driven, holistic process in both intellectual and kinesthetic (tactile) learning environments. Students are immersed in acting, voice and movement studios that explore a wide breadth of techniques and approaches to create optimal physical and emotional flexibility in the student actor and their instrument.

Other specialized professional preparation classes address the "business of the business," and prepare students for the rigors of branding, marketing, and auditioning to ready them for immediate entrance into the world of the working artist.

Coursework

  • Three specialized acting studios focused on particular styles of theatre, as well as for acting for camera, and improvisation
  • Specialized voice studios to develop skills in voice-over acting, musical theatre, and dialects
  • Specialized movement studios to develop skills in stage combat and character creation
  • Specialized professional preparation classes for learning the audition process and the business of acting

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree available.

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Outcomes

The BFA training program prepares aspiring artists for careers in theatre, film and television. Many of our graduates work as professional actors, with others becoming writers, stage managers, and dramaturgs. Others also teach at the high school or secondary school level.

This department has changed me from a bright-eyed student into a professional artist. I don't know where I'd be without these people.

Courses You Might Take

THE 315: Introduction to the Musical Theatre Performer

This class covers everything from the group number, auditioning, singing a solo and finally working on a duet. Students can learn all of the tools of acting in a musical theatre as well as directly applying what they learn into a performance showcase at the end of the semester. Emphasis is always on acting a song and the connection between the speaking and the singing voice. Students always gain an incredible amount of confidence in musical theatre by taking this class!

THE 492: Special Topics in the Business of Acting

A survival-skills primer, readying the student for the rigors of the professional world of acting. Specific focus is given to the creation of the “Product/Brand” of the individual – that is, evolving the mindset and practices from that of a Student/Artist to that of a Sole-Proprietor "Artrepreneur" and creating a plan of action for the coming year(s) after graduation.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Sean Boyd

Associate Professor

Favorite Course: THE 492: Special Topics in the Business of Acting

Expertise: acting for the camera; physical theatre; Meisner technique

Robin Aronson

Professor

Favorite Course: THE 315: Introduction to the Musical Theatre Performer
 
Expertise: Lessac method for voice acting; Suzuki; Musical Theatre

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