Theatre and drama majors with a primary interest in acting may audition for the Acting Specialist option. This highly-structured program of study offers students a deeper practical knowledge and experience of the skills required to pursue professional work as an actor and/or advanced studies in theatre.  These students are highly mentored and will benefit from personalized performance reviews with the acting faculty at the end of each semester.

Admission is by audition only; auditions are announced at the midpoint of each semester. Students must have taken Theatre 140 Voice I, Theatre 150 Acting I, 367 Script Analysis, and be enrolled in or have successfully completed Theatre 250 Fundamentals of Acting before auditioning for the option. Students who qualify for the Acting Specialist option are expected to audition for University Theatre productions and play as cast. This named option will be formally documented on the student’s official transcript. The option coursework listed here is one component of the B.S. Theatre and Drama degree requirements.

Effective Spring, 2019

Complete a minimum of 45 credits to include the following:

Required Courses
THEATRE 140 Voice 1: Effective Communication3
THEATRE 240 Intermediate Voice Training3
THEATRE 150 Acting I: Introduction to Acting3
THEATRE 250 Fundamentals of Acting3
THEATRE 350 Acting Realism3
THEATRE 162 Backstage Experience1
THEATRE/​ENGL  120 Introduction to Theatre and Dramatic Literature3
THEATRE 631 Theories of Acting3
THEATRE 367 Script Analysis3
THEATRE 342 Fundamentals of Movement for the Stage3
Choose four of the following:12
Fundamentals of Asian Stage Discipline
Introduction to Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness
Musical Performance for the Actor
Acting Shakespeare
Auditioning for Stage and Screen
Fundamentals of Directing
Acting for the Camera
The Business of Acting
Choose one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Technical Theatre Fundamentals
Collaborative Problem Solving
Producing Theatre
Makeup for the Theatre
Choose two of the following:2
Scenic Studio Practicum
Costume Studio Practicum
Lighting & Sound Studio Practicum
Performance in Practice
If needed, additional Theatre courses to meet minimum of 45 credits