Bachelor of Fine arts in Theatre: Actor Training

BFA in Theatre  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.

BFA Core Curriculum (46 Credit Hours)

TA 165 Production Dynamics
TA 166 Text Analysis and Scene Study
TA 167 Play Reading

TA 220 Production Participation (9 terms)

TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft
TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting
TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming

TA 265 Acting I or TA 251 Elements of Acting

Choose One (3)

TA 251 Elements of Acting

TA 265 Acting

TA 381 Theatre History I
TA 382 Theatre History II
TA 383 Theatre History III
TA 386 International Theatre

TA 364 Play Direction
TA 395, 396, 397 Special Studies—Plays in Progress
TA 453 Capstone Experience

BFA Actor Training (69 Credit Hours)

D 1XX Beginning Dance Sequence (3)

TA 205 Stage Speech I (2)

TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup (3)

TA 255 Movement I (2)

TA 261 Movement II (2)

TA 271 Acting II (4)

TA 290 Voice I (2)

TA 305 Stage Speech II (3)

TA 351 Voice II (2)

TA 357 Production Performance (10)

TA 360 Contemporary Audition (3)

TA 368 Masks (4)

TA 370 Acting for the Camera (4)

TA 371 Acting Meisner I (4)

TA 394 Acting Meisner II (4)

TA 405 Acting Shakespeare (4)

TA 420 Acting: Scene Study (3)

TA 432 Styles I: Modernism (3)

TA 433 Styles II: Restoration/Manners (3)

TA 437 Acting Shakespeare II (3)

  • Application Requirements
  • B.F.A Requirements
  • LACC Requirements

To be considered for the BFA Program all students must:

  • Submit an application to the Western Oregon University BFA prior to the scheduled audition/interview date. Auditions are at the beginning of Fall term every year.
  • Download application here (example of resume.)
  • Have taken or be in the process of taking TA 165 Production Dynamics and TA 166 Text Analysis. (Transfer students must consult with an advisor.)
  • Submit the following:
    • Letter of intent, providing highlights of previous theatre experience and plans for future development.
    • Resume.
    • Phone numbers from one or two teachers or directors or other theatre professionals familiar with the students work and potential.

The above must be submitted at least one day prior to the scheduled audition/interview date.

Acting Audition Preparation:

  • Prepare two monologues of not more than two minutes each.  Do not exceed three minutes in total.
  • Bring 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, 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 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 review process.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees are liberal arts degree programs with a major in Theatre: Actor Training.  No minor is required. Students who take the BFA in Theatre: Actor Training complete 115 credit hours in theatre courses in addition to the degree requirements and liberal arts core curriculum (LACC).

Note:. A combined total of twelve (12) credit hours in Mathematics, Computer Science or designated statistics courses is required for this degree. A minimum of one course in Mathematics and one course in Computer Science is required; any remaining required credit hours may be from either discipline or statistics. MTH 105, and CS 101 may not be used to meet any portion of this twelve (12) credit requirement.

A minor is not required for a B.F.A. in Theatre.

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) 54-55 credits

  • Communication  COM 111  – 3 credits
  • Writing WR 135 College Writing II – 4 credits
  • Creative Arts – 9 credits
  • Health & Physical Education – 4 credits
  • Laboratory Science – 12 – 15 credits
  • Literature – 8 credits
  • Philosophy or Religion – 3 credits
  • Social Science 11 – 12 credits
  • Mathematics/Computer Science – 11 credits·
  • MATH 111 College Algebra – (or higher)·
  • Computer Science – CS 121 Computer Applications  (or higher)

Contact Department of Theatre/Dance
503-838-8310    l    email:    l   Rice Auditorium (RA 101B)  Box Office Phone: 503-838-8462