The BFA Acting program is designed to prepare undergraduate students to meet the demands of a 21st century professional acting career and enter the industry immediately upon graduation.
Our program is a conservatory style, four-year, sequence-based program with the benefits of a liberal arts education in a beautiful university setting.
The core curriculum is designed to provide extensive training for the whole actor: voice, movement, speech, collaborative technique and artist-entrepreneurial skills. Liberal arts classes expand your understanding of yourself, your culture and society helping you to become an educated citizen-artist.
Application of skill is practiced in numerous ways: our production season consisting of between 9 and 12 productions, special projects with M.F.A. directing and playwriting students, our D2 festival of student directed work, The New Works Playwriting festival, digital media studies taught by faculty in collaboration with industry professionals, and lastly Actors Lab in which the entire BFA acting company practices intense scene study together. Students from the Acting program are eligible to audition for both musicals and plays starting spring semester of their freshman year. We stress personal accountability, collaboration, ensemble and readiness to enter the profession upon graduation.
Our goal is to provide you with the tools to create your own way of working and the confidence to begin your independent artistic journey as a professional artist-entrepreneur.
Classes are small and emphasize personal attention and individual growth. Faculty members are working professionals with extensive experience in regional and New York theatre, television, film, digital formats and self generated performance. Faculty is encouraged to return to the profession frequently to continue their own growth as artists and keep current on industry standards.