The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, at FAU, 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. Offerings in six levels of acting and two levels of acting for the camera, stage combat, script analysis, dance, acting styles, dialects, improvisation, make-up, audition techniques, directing, stagecraft and management round out the program. Students are expected to make continued progress in their development as actors and artists. Retention is earned by the facility’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 perform alongside MFA acting candidates some of whom are working professionals.
Here they rehearse in an intensive atmosphere with professional actors and directors for a 10 week period, which culminates in 28 public performances of two or more productions each summer. All BFA students earn “weeks” each summer in the EQUITY Actors Candidacy Program toward requirements for their EQUITY card. The select students pursuing the BFA in Acting develop skills that allow them to evolve into versatile, grounded and truthful performers. They discover who they are as individuals and artists and what they are capable of becoming.
Students who wish to gain admission into the BFA program must first be B.A. majors in Theatre and Dance at FAU. After successfully completing acting 1 and/or in the second semester of the freshman academic year, students can audition for BFA admission. Students may audition every semester until their Junior year if they are unsuccessful at first. This is because for the first two years, the BA and BFA tracks are the same. Auditions are typically held during the first three weeks of spring and fall semesters.
To audition, please prepare two contrasting monologues, one comic and one dramatic. They should be no longer than 1-1/2 minutes in length and the total time of the audition should not exceed 3 minutes. Watch the call board outside of the office in the Arts & Humanities building, room 114 for audition dates and times and/or contact the office directly at 561-297-3810.