Theatre - BFA - Acting
Constant rehearsal, thorough character study, and carefully orchestrated behind-the-scenes work are the ingredients of a successful stage production. At Southeast Missouri State University, students become familiar with all aspects of the production process as they audition for roles, study great works of drama, learn to construct sets and craft costumes, and familiarize themselves with the technology of lighting and sound. In the theatre design lab, students use state-of-the-art Macintosh computers with large screens and the latest software that make set, lighting and scene design almost completely computer driven and far more efficient. For those portions of the design process that must be done manually, drafting tables are available. Such technology is usually available only in professional theatre companies.
Theatre students find internships and professional experience are just part of the learning process, which dedicates approximately one-third of the curriculum to academic training, one-third to working with university productions, and one-third to career development.
A student who chooses the acting option in Southeast's theatre program will be able to concentrate on in-depth Stanislavski-based acting training as well as competence in one or more of the following areas: combat, movement, performance studies or voice.
The Departmen of Theatre and Dance is part of the Earl and Margie Holland School for the Visual and Performing Arts, located at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The River Campus facilities provide a professional-caliber venue for music and theatre performances, including a 950-seat proscenium theatre, a 200-seat flexible theatre, a 200-seat music recital hall, dance studio, and state-of-the-art classrooms, studios and construction shops. The River Campus is a centerpiece for the arts in Southeast Missouri.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a pre-professional degree with an emphasis on experiential and academic training designed to prepare the student for a career in the performing arts.
All BFA in theatre majors must:
- have successfully completed one semester at Southeast as a theatre and dance major
- earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses that are major requirements
- earn a "B" or better in all TH105 and TH 305 classes
- maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher within the BFA program and a minimum overall university 2.5 GPA
- have the prerequisite academic grades and participate in the First-Year BFA Program Auditions, receiving passing artistic marks from participating faculty to gain admittance into this program
- maintain requisite academic grades and participate in the Second-Year and Third-Year BFA Juries, receiving passing academic and artistic marks to advance in the program