The BFA in acting is a pre-professional training program that prepares students for
an acting career in theatre, television, and film and has an emphasis on experiential
and academic training. Acting majors have the opportunity to perform in four mainstage
productions each year, two Second Stage productions, and attend regional and national
The rigorous training and varied experiences of the BFA in acting provides an excellent
foundation for graduate study or careers in performance, academics, and teaching.
Acting students will…
- Train with experienced faculty and staff in the areas of movement, voice, stage combat,
Shakespeare, television, and film.
- Prepare for rewarding careers as a professional capable of performing in a variety
- Study and train in the beautiful River Campus, a multimillion dollar facility devoted
to the visual and performing arts.
- Benefit from an established program of collaboration with professional guest actors,
acting teachers, directors, casting agents, and designers.
- Establish relationships with professional actors, directors, casting agents, and theatre
companies through summer internships, outside auditions, master classes, theatre festivals
and a Senior Showcase in New York City.
Students holding the BFA in Theatre: Acting must have
- Demonstrated ability to act (i.e., to project one’s self believably in word and action
into imaginary circumstances, evoked through improvisation or text).
- Demonstrated ability to engage effectively in improvisations both by oneself and in
- Demonstrated ability to create characters convincingly from plays drawn from different
genres and styles in an ensemble relationship with other actors.
- Demonstrated advanced technique for analyzing the specific tasks required in performing
varied characters from written plays.
- Understanding of the specific demands of the acting styles for major periods and genres
of dramatic literature.
- Clear, articulate, and expressive speech, normally with demonstrated ability to use
appropriate tools and systems to learn and perform dialects, and the ability to perform
effectively in verse plays.
- A flexible, strong, and controlled voice with trained breath support; appropriate
vocal range and freedom from vocal and postural tension in rehearsal and performance;
demonstrated ability to use the voice effectively as an instrument for characterization
together with the ability to project the voice effectively in theatre spaces of varying
sizes and in media productions.
- A flexible, relaxed, and controlled body trained in basic stage movement disciplines,
including dance and mime; demonstrated ability to use the body effectively on stage
as an instrument for characterization and to be responsive to changing time/rhythm
demands and spatial relationships.
- An overview understanding of makeup materials and techniques.
- Demonstrated comprehension of the basic business procedures of the actor’s profession,
including audition procedures, resumes, headshots, unions, agents, online actor website,
and so forth.
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