Theater

Acting

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.

"Temple's Acting Program gives students a solid foundation and then provides them with a bridge to either graduate school or a professional career. Our alums have established a national reputation as talented, dedicated artists who have the skills, work ethic and dreams necessary for a professional acting career."

Donna Snow, Head of Undergraduate Acting

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Audition Information 

To enter the Acting Concentration, a prospective student must audition with the acting faculty. A student cannot be accepted into the Acting Concentration without first being accepted to Temple University. Acceptance into the program is offered only to those already admitted or enrolled in Temple University. Audition dates and requirements can be found under Admissions

If you do not wish to audition for the Acting Concentration, you may still enroll in the Acting Sequence without an audition. You may audition for the Acting Concentration at the end of each semester through the end of your junior year or prior to enrolling in Acting V.

 

 

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 Professor Donna Snow, Head of the Undergraduate Acting, at dsnow@temple.edu.

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Transfers

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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