Student acting

Strengthen your fundamental acting skills

Build a solid foundation in acting, with a focus on the Stanislavski method, as well as freeing the voice and body.

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Student acting

Develop your performance range

Gain advanced training in courses such as Acting Shakespeare, Meisner Technique, Uta Hagen Technique, and more

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Take to the stage

Develop a character and collaborate with peers and faculty in a supportive and creative environment

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Theatre BA: Acting

Offered by: Theatre

As an SRU Acting major, you'll receive top-flight, pre-professional training in contemporary actor training methods. Also central to the SRU Theatre Department program is our "Shakespeare Emphasis," in which students receive intensive training in the particular skills needed for performance of the works of the world's greatest and most-produced playwright. Most seasons include a Shakespearean play as one of the four mainstage productions, and students also have the opportunity to perform in a touring group that brings Shakespeare to local schools, community centers, and the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

If you're interested in Theatre Performance or Musical Theatre, SRU is excited to offer a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in these two concentrations starting Fall 2019. In anticipation of the introduction of the BFA program, students will no longer be accepted into this BA Acting program after May 6, 2019.

Why Choose Theatre: Acting?

Our talented, experienced faculty includes working playwrights, directors, and actors. You'll be learning from professionals in the industry who are passionate about education. At SRU you'll have the opportunity to participate in productions both locally and internationally, and will receive a well-rounded education with real-world skills that will help you establish a professional career.

What Will You Learn?

Through the Acting emphasis at SRU you'll first gain a solid foundation in the Stanislavski method, and then progress to advanced courses in acting, voice, and movement. Core upper division acting courses include:

  • Acting II (centered around the techniques of Michael Chekhov)
  • Voice and Movement
  • Acting Shakespeare

Acting majors can also take up to three sections of Acting Technique - a course focusing on specialized topics, such as:

  • Auditioning
  • Stage Combat
  • Devised Theatre
  • Meisner technique
  • Uta Hagen technique

As an Acting major at SRU, you'll also have the chance to audition for mainstage and student productions each semester, offering you the opportunity to graduate with significant production experience and an extensive resumé. You can also enhance your education through participation in the national college theatre festival, KCACTF.

Additionally, you can add a professional production to your credits by traveling to the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the SRU Theatre Department has toured six productions since 2006!

Careers In Theatre

Graduates from the Acting track can pursue a variety of careers in performance, education, and beyond. Learn more about many of the exciting possibilities that a Theatre degree from SRU can open up for you!