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 theatre festivals.

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 of styles.
  • 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 an ensemble.
  • 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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