Students interested in the B.F.A. Performance are expected to complete the Theater Foundations Core during their first year of study. Admission to the B.F.A. is by audition, program auditions are held in the spring of a students first year. In a way, we consider the students first year as an audition. This is why our studios are made up of dedicated, committed students who are focused on success in their course work and on stage.
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 and adaptable theater artists. Acting, movement, voice, and speech are taught in a series of courses and special projects throughout the four-year curriculum.
The emphasis in studio acting classes is on 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 work focuses on the management of breath, increased power and range, and the utilization of specific speech choices. 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.
Theater and performance serve as the basis of the undergraduate fine arts education. We seek serious, disciplined students committed to rigorous training, who want the art of theater and performance to be at the core of their education.
At the end of the freshman year, potential majors apply, interview and audition for provisional acceptance into the program. Students are evaluated at the end of each semester, and continuing status in the program is based on successful completion of all required coursework as well as positive evaluation from all performance area faculty.
Careful and consistent faculty supervision and advising are an integral part of the. B.F.A. in Performance.
Once accepted into the Performance Program, performance opportunities include a minimum of two significant experiences in Theater Division productions, either in main stage offerings or in studio or laboratory productions. Performance students may also work in the development and production of new plays. There is programmatic interaction with the M.F.A. programs in Directing, Playwriting, Acting and with the Film Division.
Off-campus and study-abroad opportunities abound, and a wide-range of internships are available for interested students.
Students interested in the B.F.A. in Performance are expected to complete the Theater Foundation Core during their first year of study. Interviews for all Theater Division B.F.A. programs are held annually in the spring. Admission to this specialized B.F.A. program is by application, interview and audition only. All theater majors are required to attain a minimum grade of C in any theater course required for graduation.