The bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program in acting takes full advantage of the resources provided by the drama department faculty, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Syracuse University, and the department’s relationship with Syracuse Stage in order to provide emerging professional theater artists with rigorous training in performance technique, text analysis, creative improvisation, voice, speech, and movement.
You will be immediately immersed in a program of pre-professional study in your first year, devoting as many as 18 hours of class time per week to various theater arts. Courses in theater history, directing, voice/verse, playwriting, and technical theater broaden your studies. In the B.F.A. program, you may also select courses in design, stage lighting, costume history, dramatic literature, and stage management. Although first-year students are not permitted to perform on stage for the public, you will have the opportunity to work on productions behind the scenes in a wide variety of jobs, ranging from running crews to assistant stage managing.
Following this first year of building fundamental skills, you will have many opportunities to audition for roles in department productions, co-productions with Syracuse Stage, numerous student- and faculty-sponsored productions, films produced by VPA film students, and Syracuse Stage productions (when age-appropriate roles are available). Equity points may be earned through work with Syracuse Stage.
The acting program recently added the option of a concentration in musical performance called the actor-singer track. The number of spaces available in this track is quite limited; interested students must prescreen for both the musical theater and acting programs. Learn more about the actor-singer track.
Please note that the acting audition process will include the prescreening of applicants. Prescreening audition submissions will be accepted through November 15. Please see the audition requirements for additional information.