Theatre and drama majors with a primary interest in acting may audition for the Acting Specialist option. This is a highly structured program of study, best begun as early as possible in the student's career. Specific courses are required in acting, voice, movement, directing, technical production, and dramatic literature and theatre history. Admission is by audition only; auditions are held at the midpoint of each spring semester prior to enrollment for fall classes. Students must be enrolled in or have successfully completed THEATRE 250 Fundamentals of Acting before admission to the program. Students who qualify for the Acting Specialist option are expected to audition for University Theatre productions.

The option coursework listed here is one component of the B.S. Theatre and Drama degree requirements.

Production, 7 credits

THEATRE 160 Technical Theatre Fundamentals3
THEATRE 161 Backstage Laboratory I2
THEATRE 162 Backstage Experience1
Select one of the following:1-6
Backstage Laboratory II
Backstage Laboratory III
Theatre for Young Audiences: Production

Theatre History, 12 credits

THEATRE/​ENGL  120 Introduction to Theatre and Dramatic Literature 13-4
THEATRE 224 History of Theatrical Production3
THEATRE 324 Traditions in Dramatic Literature3
THEATRE 424 Contemporary World Theatre and Dramatic Literature3

Voice, Movement and Acting, 18 credits

THEATRE 140 Voice 1: Effective Communication3
THEATRE 240 Intermediate Voice Training3
THEATRE 250 Fundamentals of Acting3
THEATRE 350 Acting Realism3
Select one of the following Movement courses:3
Fundamentals of Movement for the Stage
Fundamentals of Asian Stage Discipline
Select one of the following Styles courses:3
Musical Performance for the Actor
Acting Styles
Acting Shakespeare
Advanced Scene Study
Advanced Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness

Directing and Education, 3 credits

Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness
Drama for Teaching and Learning
Fundamentals of Directing
Introduction to Stage Management