BFA Theatre, emphasis in Acting

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  • Beyond admission to the university through the TCU Admission Office, an audition is required for entrance into the BFA Acting emphasis. Auditions are held in early December, January and February. In addition, Theatre TCU participates in the National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, drawing a student body from around the nation.
  • Each student will have a yearly Jury with the Performance faculty, but no cuts are made; rather, the jury is a time to assess growth and create a plan for further development.
  • BFA Performance classes are composed of an average of 12 students. Those in the Acting and Musical Theatre Emphases train together in the fundamental performance courses such as Acting, Stage Movement, and Voice and Speech.

    "Born on a Sunday" (2012)

    Born on a Sunday (2012)

  • BFA Acting emphasis students also take several courses in Realism, Period Styles, Non-Realism, Acting Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Advanced Stage Movement, Advanced Voice & Speech, and more.
  • All BFA Performance majors, including first-year students, are required to audition for all Theatre TCU productions. Casting is based on who is right for the role, not on class rank, emphasis, or major; thus first year students are eligible and often cast in their first semester. Acting emphasis students are frequently cast in musicals; Musical Theatre emphasis students are frequently cast in plays.
  • Consistent with TCU’s tradition of Liberal Arts education, all TCU Theatre majors are exposed in all facets of production, performance and scholarship. All BFA students take a common core of Theatre courses including Design, Stagecraft, Acting, Lighting, Costuming, Makeup, Script Analysis, Theatre History and Directing.
  • Each spring, Theatre TCU presents an annual Showcase in either New York or Los Angeles for senior BFA performance (Acting or Musical Theatre) students where graduating students can present their best work to professional agents and casting directors.