In addition to designated coursework and productions, students at Texas State have numerous opportunities for practical application, hands-on learning, and collaboration throughout the year.
Senior Showcase is dedicated to exposing our BFA Acting and Musical Theatre seniors to industry professionals. In addition to the showcase performances, events include workshops, panel discussions with Professional performers, panel discussions with alumni and our annual alumni reunion.
Recent Professional panel guests
Deborah Monk, Michael Urie, John Treacy Egan, Carson Elrod
Bowman Guest Artist Series
The Bowman Guest Artist Series brings distinguished national and international guest artists to campus for Master classes with students.
Bob Krakower of Krakower Studios in New York- Acting for the Camera
The NY Neo Futurists-Master Class
Daniel Davis- Acting Shakespeare Master Class
Michael Cassara-Casting Director
Rachel Hoffman- Casting Director
London and Stratford Study Abroad
The London/Stratford Study Abroad Program offers six hours of academic credit earned during the summer. Students take classes at the Royal Shakespeare Company and at London’s Globe Theatre. Days are filled with lectures, practical workshops, and rehearsals. Evening hours are devoted to theatre attendance. Students also participate in a variety of activities and excursions including a tour of the National Theatre, a lecture at the British Museum, visits to the Globe Museum and the Theatre Collection at the Victorian and Albert Museum as well as regular theatre attendance.
Travel with faculty to the country’s largest regional theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. OSF counts over 100 actors in their company and perform in true rotating rep. With a season that runs from February through November, OSF is a major employer of actors and designers interested careers at a large regional theatre and Texas State has a rich history with OSF, it’s Artistic Director and company. We are proud to offer this professional connection to our students. We attend 9 plays in 7 days, meet with company artists and designers and enjoy a backstage tour of the entire theatre complex.
The Department of Theatre and Dance annually sponsors a Black and Latino Playwrights Conference that includes professional guest directors and actors, 3 - 5 days of open rehearsals, and in-class presentations by guest artists, culminating in staged reading performances open to the campus and community.
New Musical and Play Commissions
Texas State is proud to commission and support new plays and musicals through the Harrison New Works Commission in conjunction with the Bowman Guest Artist Series. Past workshops and premieres include Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess, Mark Hollmann’s Hooray For Ice Boy, Larry Grossman’s The World According to Snoopy, and recent play commission by playwright Adam Szymkocivz.
Each semester the MFA directors and Playwrights cast BFA actors in exciting readings, projects, scenes, devised work and Director/Designer collaborations providing excellent opportunities for application of skills. New Works Festival During the fall semester in the Lab Theatre there is an evening of ten-minute plays, a separate evening of one-act plays, as well as staged readings of new full-length plays. All of the material is written, directed, and performed by, Texas State students.
The D2 festival connected with the Directing II class is comprised of student conceived and directed projects. Wildly popular, it provides a thrilling end to each semester.