The Acting Concentration prepares students with the skills needed for creative communication and artistic leadership that they will need to pursue their professional goals. Students develop skills needed to succeed through experiential work in minimalist to full-scale productions, and intensive classes in acting styles; movement; voice and speech; script analysis; and more. The coursework provides the highest caliber of training possible within the context of a liberal arts education, so students can thrive either in the theater, television, and film profession, or a graduate program.

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Audition Information 

As of Fall 2024 admissions there will no longer be required acting auditions at the beginning of a student’s freshman year

Course of Study

Students in the Acting Concentration must complete the following curriculum in addition to the department requirements.

Theater Foundation Courses (47 credit hours)

Acting Core Courses (24 credit hours)

Voice for the Actor

Speech for the Actor

Advanced Speech for the Actor

Basic Movement

Acting II, III, & IV

Acting V (or) Acting as a Profession

Acting Electives (12 credit hours)

Options include:

Alexander Technique

Musical Theater Voice & Acting

Dialects for the Actor

Swordplay for the Actor

Acting for Film & TV

For a suggested four-year course of study in the Acting Concentration, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Those who wish to pursue the Acting Concentration should contact Josette Todaro, Associate Director of TFMA Admissions at


For students who transfer from other departments, schools and universities, there are several alternative routes to fulfill the Acting Concentration that can be discussed with your theater advisor and/or the head of the undergraduate acting program.

Graduate Success

The success of the Acting Program can be measured in the accomplishments of our graduates. Recent graduates have attended MFA programs at Yale University, U.C. San Diego, A.R.T./Harvard, U.C. Irvine, USC, Penn State, UCLA, NYU, CalArts, University of Washington, University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC), The Circle in the Square and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

For more success stories, check out Alumni News

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