Course Summary

Course Description

Designed to prepare students for careers in professional theatre, the Theatre B.F.A.'s Acting specialization is a 129-hour degree program offering a sequence of courses in acting, movement, voice, and acting for tv/film.
Class work is augmented with practical production experiences. Drawing upon teachings of Stanislavski-based methodologies, the professional acting program offers an organic approach to performance training. The first two years focus on the fundamentals of acting, with an emphasis on the development of imagination, self-awareness, sense memory, improvisation, the ability to execute basic stage tasks, characterization and character development. In addition, the student also receives training in script analysis, voice production/diction, singing, movement and dance. During the junior and senior years, emphasis is placed on studio training/scene study. This practical study, drawn from the total range of dramatic literature, provides the student with performance experiences ranging from the classical to the contemporary, including verse and musical theatre.
Throughout four years of study, the faculty seek to instill within its students the necessity for an in-depth understanding of the acting process and upon the development of personal working methodologies. The senior year is highlighted by the required professional internship.

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