The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance is a highly selective, pre-professional program, aimed at training a limited number of talented and highly motivated students for careers in theatre. The performance curriculum emphasizes the development of physical and vocal skills, technique, and imagination, within the context of the literary, theoretical, critical and historical understanding of theater. Students are expected to make continued progress in their development as actors and artists. Retention is earned by the faculty’s evaluation of the student’s work, commitment, progress and personal growth. The BFA in Theatre Performance majors audition for all Departmental productions, and accept roles as cast. They frequently perform alongside MFA acting candidates. BFA students can earn points in the Equity Actors Candidacy Program toward requirements for their Equity card.
B.F.A. Admission Requirements:
To gain admission into the BFA program, students must first be majors in the B.A. program in Theatre and Dance. After successfully completing acting 1 or in the second semester of their freshman year, students can audition for BFA admission. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. BFA audition dates are announced on the display in AH-52, room 114.
The B.A. in Theatre with an Emphasis in Design and Technology is well-suited for those who may want to pursue a career in design, stage technology, or stage management. The curriculum is also designed to prepare students who wish to pursue an advanced degree (M.F.A.) in Theatre Design and Technology, for the purpose of entering the fields of Higher Education or Professional Theatre.
To help the student achieve these goals, the Department of Theatre and Dance offers a rich array of courses and a 7-production season comprised of 4 mainstage theatre shows and 3 mainstage dance productions. Additionally, the Department produces two to three shows during its celebrated Summer Festival Repertory.
The B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Design/Tech. embraces 6 areas of production: technical direction, stage management, scenic, costume and lighting design and technology. Students majoring in this area have ample opportunities to stage manage, assist in design and are routinely assigned such roles as: master electrician, props master, dresser, scenic artist, stitcher, etc. B.A. students work alongside graduate students and a faculty of working professionals
In the liberal arts tradition, the FAU Bachelor of Arts in Theatre curriculum is intended for students seeking a broad exposure to the study of theatre and drama. It provides students with a broad range of valuable skills. Through voice, movement and dance classes, students learn to control their voice’s pitch, projection, breathing, and articulation. Their dance and movement classes teach them to become poised, self-assured, natural, and expressive onstage. Classes such as Dramatic Theory & Genre and Script Analysis encourage students to listen and learn, observe and concentrate with a heightened sense of awareness. The theatre environment can be quite competitive and they’ll learn to solve problems using critical thought processes in creative ways.
The B.A. in Theatre is a program well-suited for those who may eventually want to pursue graduate studies in Theatre.