BFA in Theatre Actor Training Focus 115 credits
The BFA curriculum is designed to immerse students in the practicalities of theatre production and the theatre world. Conservatory style training is augmented by traditional academic studies in theatre history, literature, criticism and play reading.
Details of degree plan:
- Students pursuing the BFA will complete 46 credit hours in the BFA core curriculum and 69 + credit hours in their area of concentration, for a total of approximately 115 credit hours. Admission into the BFA program is by audition/interview only.
- The BFA in Theatre is a rigorous and competitive program of study for students interested in pursuing careers in the professional theatre. This pre-professional program is designed to combine intensive training with a liberal arts education. All aspects of theatre—art, craft, business and education—are examined, with a focus on theatrical production.
- The expanded curriculum of the program embraces classes not only in theatre, but in dance, art and music.
The overall objectives of the BFA in Theatre at WOU are as follows:
To provide a rigorous pre-professional BFA theatre training program to talented and qualified aspiring theatre professionals.
To create university theatrical productions of the highest standard which challenge student artists and audiences with plays of depth and vibrancy that illuminate the strengths, frailties and diversity of the human condition.
To establish and maintain education and outreach programs for all ages consistent with the artistic mission of the department.
To play a vital role in the cultural life of the Willamette Valley, Salem and the region.
- TA 165 Production Dynamics Credits: 3
- TA 166 Text Analysis Credits: 3
- TA 167 Play Reading Credits: 3
- TA 220 Production Participation Credits: 0
- TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft Credits: 2
- TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting Credits: 2
- TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming Credits: 2
- TA 251 Elements of Acting Credits: 3
- or TA 265 Acting I Credits: 4
- TA 364 Play Direction Credits: 4
- TA 381 Theatre History I Credits: 4oo
- TA 382 Theatre History II Credits: 4
- TA 383 Theatre History III Credits: 4
- TA 386 International Theatre Credits: 3
- TA 395 Special Studies: Plays in Performance Credits: 1
- TA 453 Capstone Experience Credits: 3
Actor Training Courses:
- TA 205 Stage Speech I Credits: 2
- TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup Credits: 3
- TA 255 Movement I Credits: 2
- TA 261 Movement II Credits: 2
- TA 271 Acting II Credits: 4
- TA 290 Voice I Credits: 2
- TA 305 Stage Speech II: Dialects Credits: 2
- TA 351 Voice II Credits: 2
- TA 357 Production Performance Credits: 1-4 Credits: 6
- TA 360 Contemporary Audition Credits: 4
- TA 368 Masks Credits: 2
- TA 370 Acting For The Camera Credits: 4
- TA 371 Acting Meisner I Credits: 4
- TA 394 Acting Meisner II Credits: 4
- TA 405 Acting Shakespeare Credits: 4
- TA 410 Acting for the Camera II Credits: 3
- TA 420 Acting: Scene Study Credits: 1
- TA 432 Acting Styles I: Modernism Credits: 4
- TA 433 Acting Styles II: Restoration/Manners Credits: 4
- TA 437 Acting Shakespeare II Credits: 4
(choose 9 credits)
- D 101 Beginning Ballet Credits: 3
- D 102 Beginning Jazz Dance Credits: 3
- D 103 Beginning Modern Dance Credits: 3
- D 104 Beginning Tap Dance Credits: 3
- D 110 Transition to WOU Dance Credits: 1
- D 170 World Dance: Salsa Credits: 3
- D 171 World Dance: Hula Credits: 3
- D 172 World Dance: African Credits: 3
- D 177 Beginning Hip-Hop Credits: 3
Total Credits: 113-115
BFA ACTING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
All students admitted to WOU are eligible to pursue the BA or BS in General Theatre or the theatre minor. Admission to the BFA program is by audition/interview only.
Both existing students and new/potential students can audition for entrance into the BFA Acting Program. Private Auditions/Interviews will be scheduled as application materials are received.
For students to be considered for the BFA Acting Program, they must:
- Be formally accepted to Western Oregon University prior to auditioning.
- Submit the following to Professor David Janowiak via email: email@example.com
- BFA Application (here)
- Letter of intent, providing highlights of previous theatre experience and plans for future development.
- Resume (example of resume.)
- Videotape audition may be submitted via email following the Audition Guidelines below
- Students may use their audition for the purpose of completing the scholarship application process by completing the General Scholarship Application at https://wou.academicworks.com.
- You must have a WOU Portal username and password to access the General Scholarship Application. This will automatically place your application into all of the categories that you are eligible for.
- General Scholarship Applications Generally end on March 1.
Acting Audition Guidelines:
- Prepare two monologues of not more than one-and-a-half minutes each. Do not exceed three minutes in total.
- Bring or provide current head shot or picture (black and white or color)
- Monologues must be memorized.
- Monologues may be chosen from any time period and should offer as much contrast as possible. One of the monologues must be from a contemporary realistic play. Choose roles in which you could be cast professionally at this point in your career and which show you off to your best advantage. Do not attempt roles out of your current age range and roles with European dialects.
- On the day of the audition (if conducted in-person) arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time of registration and general session. Dress appropriately in comfortable clothes. At the conclusion of your audition, you will be interviewed by the screening committee. The combined length of the interview audition is approximately fifteen-twenty minutes.
- Once enrolled in the program, all BFA Actor Training majors are required to audition for all department productions. Continuation in the program is determined by an annual jury and review process.