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BFA Theatre, Performance and Production

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Performance and Production

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The BFA in Performance & Production at Texas State University is an innovative and unique degree plan for students interested in becoming well-rounded theatre artists with the diverse and entrepreneurial skillset necessary to enter today’s market.

The Performance and Production program is dedicated to nurturing, challenging, and celebrating our students as whole theatre artists by offering students many unique

opportunities for developing cross-disciplinary skills, which is at the heart of our commonly held value of the fundamentally collaborative nature of theatre.


Texas State P&P Theatre Artists:

  • Are innovators, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible and opening many hearts and minds in the process.
  •  Make work that responds to the needs of their community and ensure all are represented.
  • Are driven entrepreneurs that know how to see opportunity where others may see an obstacle.
  •  Know how to create a physically, emotionally, and spiritually sustainable career in the theatre.

While gaining a breadth of experience in several theatre disciplines, BFA P&P students may choose to focus their studies in performance, directing, dramatic writing, and/or stage management. It is highly recommended that students concentrate on two areas of exploration and study. The Theatre and Dance Department has a wide variety of courses to choose from and the Performance & Production degree is the most malleable of all the BFA programs in the department.


Performance

A student seeking the BFA in Performance & Production can select from a variety of acting and performance art classes to fulfill the 18-24 hours of theatre electives required for the degree. The P&P performance student will be able to audition for departmental productions, The Jeremy Torres Lab Theatre student-driven venue season, and participate in many other performance opportunities created for Texas State theatre students. This degree is ideal for acting transfer students and students who are interested in performance and other areas of theatre such as directing, playwriting, and stage management.

The Performance concentrated elective includes the following courses (including the theatre core):

Voice and Diction | Characterization | Acting for TV and Film | Stage Combat | Acting Realism | Acting Styles | Improv for the Actor | Singing for the Actor | Actor, Artist,

Aesthetic | Movement | P&P Shakespeare Ensemble | Auditions: The Business of Acting

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Directing

Stage Directors are the creative visionaries of the theatre world. They are unique individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to orchestrate the presentation of an entire theatrical production while simultaneously collaborating with a creative team of designers and managers. Stage Directors not only need to see the big picture but also need to be able to communicate that picture to a wide variety of people.

If you are interested in directing you will need to focus on electivea where you can learn the different methods of practical and creative expression needed to oversee the arranging of a theatrical production. Directing students will not only develop their own unique storytelling method but will be strongly advised to take classes that teach management, research coordination, and interpersonal communication.

Future directors are taught a broad range of techniques in creativity, coordination and collaboration. It is recommended that students take a wide variety of theatre classes before taking their first directing course. This will give the student a broad theatrical perspective needed to begin developing their own unique narrative style.

Opportunities:

The P&P directing student may also have the opportunity to assistant direct a Mainstage or Studio production during their time in the Texas State Department of Theatre. This is dependent on a number of variables including GPA, attitude, service, dedication and drive.

Concentration Courses:

Movement Characterization | Playwriting | Stage Combat | Acting Realism | Acting Styles | Improvisation | Stage Management | Advanced Stage Management | Company & Production Management | Scenic Design | Lighting Design | Sound Technology | Problems in Directing | Advanced Stage Directing | Advanced Playwriting

View our example four-year degree plan.


Dramatic Writing/Generalist 

More to come! 

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Stage Management 

More to come! 

View our example four-year degree plan.