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Professional Actor Training


The values of an artist. The craft of an actor. A bridge to the business.

The Professional Actor Training Program prepares advanced students for careers as professional actors. Led by a faculty of working theater practitioners, the school offers a rigorous three-year M.F.A. conservatory program. Recruiting a class once every three years, each student is closely mentored by a faculty committed to a unified vision and individual student growth. The training is dedicated to producing well-rounded, skillful, and creative actor/artists. To meet the demands of the 21st century, actors must have a working knowledge of many styles and be adept at working in any medium. To accomplish this they must have a clear approach to the craft of acting. We offer a detailed progression in acting, voice and movement, the essential components of the three-year program. Additional coursework will include text analysis, special areas of voice and movement, devised performance work, audition technique, and on-camera technique.

The Acting Studio:

With a strong foundation in the Meisner Technique, the first year of training puts rigorous emphasis on the authentic use of self, the reality of doing, the awakening of the emotional life, and the collaborative process. The second year of training focuses on creating complex characters through the application of the foundation work to scenes, exercises and performance. The third year more fully integrates the classical repertoire, encompassing a wide range of period style work, from Shakespeare and the Greeks through Chekhov and Coward. In the third year, students will also work with a wide range of industry professionals and hone their audition technique and business acumen in classroom and professional settings.

Performance Opportunities:

Every actor performs a minimum of one role per semester. This can be in the Division of Theater’s main stage offerings or in its studio or laboratory productions. Actors also work extensively in the development and production of new plays, both in workshop and in the yearly Seabury Quinn Jr., Playwright’s Festival in collaboration with the students in the MFA Playwriting Program. Collaborations with the Film Division are frequent, and actors will have ample opportunity to work on camera. In all cases, special emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to synthesize the work of the studio with the practical realities of his or her casting.

Assessment and Admission:

There is continual communication among the performance faculty members aimed at monitoring and advancing the training of each student. Semester evaluations inform students of their progress and outline specific strengths and weaknesses. Students demonstrating consistent growth are invited by the faculty to continue in the succeeding year of training.

Admission to the program is by interview and audition at the annual U/RTA sites and at scheduled auditions on campus. The PATP is open to a limited number of talented, mature, and motivated students. A class of ten actors will be accepted in the fall of 2018. Actors may audition on campus or at the 2018 U/RTA auditions in NYC or Chicago.

Internship Opportunities:

Internship are required, and a range of professional internships are available to all MFA candidates in acting.

For additional information, contact Shelley Delaney, Head of the Professional Actor Training Program. Check our OU Acting website.


YEAR ONE        
THAR 5010 - Intro. to Graduate Studies 3 credits   THAR 5111 - Acting II: Foundation 3 credits
THAR 5110 - Acting I: Foundation 3 credits   THAR 5161 - Movement for Actors II 3 credits
THAR 5160 - Movement for Actors I 3 credits   THAR 5171 - Voice and Speech for the Actor II 3 credits
THAR 5170 - Voice and Speech for the Actor I 3 credits   THAR 5100 - Practicum in Acting 3 credits
THAR 5100 - Practicum in Acting 3 credits   Theater Studies Elective 3 credits
Elective 3 credits   Elective 3 credits
  18 credits     18 credits
YEAR TWO        
THAR 6110 - Acting III: Application and Character 3 credits   THAR 6111 - Acting IV: Character and Heightened Language 3 credits
THAR 6160 - Physical Theater I 3 credits   THAR 6161 - Physical Theater II 3 credits
THAR 6170 - Voice and Speech for the Actor III 3 credits   THAR 6171 - Voice and Speech for the Actor IV 3 credits
THAR 6100 - Practicum in Acting 3 credits   THAR 6100 - Practicum in Acting 6 credits
Theater Studies Elective 3 credits   Elective 3 credits
Elective 3 credits      
  18 credits     18 credits
THAR 7901 - Internship in Acting 9 credits      
  9 credits      
YEAR THREE        
THAR 7110 - Acting V: Style 3 credits   THAR 7111 - Acting VI: Bridging to the Business 3 credits
THAR 7160 - Voice and Movement 3 credits   THAR 7170 - Voice and Speech for the Actor V 3 credits
THAR 6940 - Thesis: Research 6 credits   THAR 6960 - Theater Project/Portfolio Thesis 9 credits
Theater Studies Elective 3 credits   Elective 3 credits
THAR 7100 - Practicum in Acting 3 credits      
  18 credits     18 credits
*The degree minimum is 90 credits, however, a full load for funding purposes is considered to be 108 credits