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B.F.A. in Performance

B.F.A. Performance – Acting & Musical Theater

Bachelors of Fine Arts

The B.F.A. in Theater Performance is a rigorous program fostering creative, cognitive, and artistic skills. It is intended to advance the education and training of motivated, curious, self-reliant, adaptable theater artists.

What You'll Learn

Acting Track

Acting, movement, and voice and speech are taught in a linear progression of courses and special projects throughout the four-year curriculum.

Studio classes emphasize ensemble building and collaborative process, the authentic use of self, the reality of doing, the awakening of the emotional life. and the collaborative process.

In the movement studio, emphasis is placed on the human body as an instrument of expression, and on developing strength, alignment, flexibility, availability and stamina.

Voice and speech classes focus on releasing habitual tension, increasing power and range, and utilizing specific speech skills.

Advanced courses in each of these areas introduce a wide range of approaches to the craft of acting and the further development of the actor’s instrument.

New plays are in development weekly giving students numerous opportunities to work with graduate and undergraduate playwrights. Each academic year ends with the Playwrights Festival of New Plays.

On-camera auditions are held the first month of each academic year for MFA Graduate filmmakers in the School of Film. Curricular and hands-on Acting for Film experience.

Musical Theater Track

Ohio University’s musical theater program is suited for students interested in creating the next generation of musical theater. The program focuses on developing exciting new work as well as providing a solid foundation in more traditional practice. Students will learn the entrepreneurial aspects of creating theater and will be well positioned to work in a variety of theater settings upon graduation.

  • Actor training based on authentic use of self
  • Singing training including private voice instruction, focus on legit as well as pop/rock, contemporary and alternative singing styles
  • Dance classes in a gamut of styles, including jazz, ballet, modern, tap, Hip Hop, African dance, and contemporary theater dance
  • New Musicals developed each year at OHIO in conjunction with professional creative teams and major Off-Broadway theaters
  • Programmatic focus on Pop/Rock history and performance, including course sequence on the History of Rock Music
  • Broadway at OHIO: yearly festival event with master classes and workshops, concerts and performances, mock auditions, and NextGen Voice Competition Auditions
  • OHIO Playwrighting: participate in new work readings, workshops and full productions of MFA and BFA playwrights, including yearly Playwright’s Festival of New Plays
  • Film: Opportunities to act in graduate and undergraduate films. Build a reel by graduation

Other Highlights of the Acting & Musical Theater Tracks:

Production Season includes between 9 and 12 full length productions, including new works and artistically adventurous programming.

Business: Auditioning and business skills courses, master classes with casting directors and agents, Digital Showcase and website design.

Choose from many OHIO minors and certificate programs to diversify your skills and prepare you for the business, including:

Career Opportunities

Ohio University Performance graduates are placed in prominent internships such as Actors Theater of Louisville Professional Training Company and Milwaukee Repertory Theater Emerging Professional Residency in Acting. Other internship placements include American Players Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Cleveland Play House, to name just a few. Other graduates choose graduate training at programs such as The Old Globe, ACT/San Francisco, Yale or UC Irvine.

Prospective students in all B.F.A. programs have the option to be accepted directly through auditions and interviews as high school seniors, or enter through the B.A. in Theater and audition or interview at the end of the first year into the B.F.A. of your choice.