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Designed to prepare future actors for the professional theatre, the program focuses on developing the skills and professionalism required by a career in the theatre. The program attracts students who are willing to commit to structured, intensive, studio-based training and are searching to become a part of a company of actors, singers, designers, directors and technicians.

The goal of the program is to cultivate theatre artists. This is achieved by developing a practical knowledge and competence that include sensitivity to technique, artistry, and style, as well as an insight into the role of the theatre. The highly focused and demanding training is enhanced by appropriate courses in the liberal arts. Students enrolled are expected to develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the life of the theatre artist. In all of many possible roles, the theatre professional must exhibit not only technical and artistic competence, but also a broad knowledge of theatre, sensitivity to artistic style, and an insight into the role of theatre in the life of humankind.

With a comprehensive and rigorous blend of training including a strong basis in Stanislavsky and introductions to many other techniques including Meisner, Viewpoints, and Suzuki, the acting program includes basic exploration processes and finish techniques for professionals in theatre. We focus on self-exploration, script analysis, movement, voice production and diction, characterization and discovery of personal working methods. In addition to on-campus productions, occasional opportunities exist for advanced students to work at Atlantic Stage, a local Equity company. Students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards to complete the B.F.A. program. Acting majors may also audition to participate in the Senior Showcase, produced in New York City for agents and casting directors.


PLEASE NOTE: Admission is based on current University standards and an audition and interview process.  The purpose of this review/interview is to allow the faculty an opportunity to evaluate previous training, assess current skills and aptitude, gauge desire for (and ability to enter into) rigorous training and determine the department’s ability to educate the student with respect to a career in the theatre.

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