About the B.F.A. in Acting and the B.A. in Theater Arts and English

  • Preparation for careers in theater, television and film
  • Preparation for careers in directing, play and screenwriting, stage design
  • Preparation for teaching
  • Preparation for graduate study in theater and media studies
  • Opportunities to perform in MainStage and studio productions
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world

The Theater Arts program offers artistic education centered on maximizing the passions, talents and personal development of our students. We go beyond a traditional conservatory-style approach by creating opportunities for immersion in all aspects of theatrical creation. Our small size enables close interaction with faculty in an intimate liberal arts setting. Our proximity to Philadelphia’s dynamic theater community connects students with industry professionals (who work with us as instructors and guest artists) and professional opportunities beyond campus. Students are encouraged to develop their talents and also to study globally and educate themselves in a wider world of cultures and ideas.

The Theater Arts program provides students with a rigorous four-year sequential course of study in acting, the speaking and singing voice, speech, movement for actors, and dramatic literature. In addition, there are offerings in acting and directing for the camera, stage combat, dance, improvisation, mask, make-up, and audition techniques.

Theater Arts majors also participate actively in the life of the University through four MainStage productions per year.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting degree provides the opportunity to prepare for a career in

  • professional theater
  • television
  • film

An audition is required for admission to program.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English is designed for students seeking a degree in theater for careers in directing, play and screenwriting, stage design or education. Career options for the Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English include:

  • Directors, designers and production managers of stage, television and film
  • Teachers of theater in elementary or secondary education
  • Arts administrators, television executives, film producers or entertainment lawyers
  • Dramatherapists
  • Play and screenwriters

Minor in Theater Arts: The minor introduces students to the field and techniques associated with the creative arts. The minor is designed for students who want to combine theater with another major area.

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