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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

Refine your instinct and instrument — then launch your acting career.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting is designed for talented actors as preparation for a professional career in theatre. The curriculum provides a balance of theatre studies with opportunities for practical experience as well as a strong base of liberal arts studies which will enable students to think critically, perform creatively and communicate effectively both as theatre professionals and as members of a diverse society. Students will study theatre history, musical theatre history, acting and improvisation techniques. Students will also perform a variety of repertoire in a diverse range of settings, and will have numerous opportunities to attend public performances and events.

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program is the next generation in acting training. We use effective contemporary techniques to prepare you for a professional career and our rigorous process refines both your instinct and instrument. You will join a small class of 12 to 16 peers (selected from hundreds of auditions) and learn the complete Meisner Technique as you progress through the levels of Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman and Adept. Along with movement, voice, speech and acting training, you will have extensive study in improvisation, period styles and application of acting for the camera.

You will have performance opportunities to practice your craft in front of audiences and also will be expected to develop a plan for your professional launch into the industry that focuses on your personal desires and aspirations.

Over the course of four years, you will network and workshop your skills with agents and casting directors from some of the largest markets in the country. As part of your professional package, you will leave with a voiceover reel as well as a reel for film and television.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Shenandoah University prepares you to work successfully across the wide array of entertainment industries in film, television, simulation and live theatrical performance. Because we teach you the process of applying your skills, you’ll be able to assess any performance forum and create meaningful quality experiences for the intended audience.

What makes our program unique?

You will learn from Larry Silverberg, world-renowned author on the Meisner Technique and master teacher. Together, he and our world class faculty help you see the world through story, and to tell those stories in ways that will transform the hearts and minds of your audiences.

Unique to our program is the process by which you and other students are taught to apply your skills. The goal is to create students who can assess any performance forum and create meaningful quality experiences for the intended audience. We offer the first of its kind in simulation training allowing you to work inside live action simulation experiences with commercial and governmental partners from medical, police and military, among other training industries.

You will have a private acting coach from your sophomore to senior years of study.

Spotlights

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Musical Theatre Program Director and Associate Professor of Music Theatre Jonathan Flom, M.F.A., Releases New Book

Musical Theatre Program Director and Associate Professor of Music Theatre Jonathan Flom, M.F.A., released a new book, “Act Like It’s Your Business: Branding and Marketing Strategies for Actors,” published by Scarecrow Press. “I’m particularly proud of this book because it represents… Read More

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Linde’ Hayen Herman – 1924-2013

Shenandoah Conservatory lost a dear friend and an accomplished faculty member in August. The celebrated actor and educator Lindé Hayen (Creekmore) Herman of Strasburg, Va., died on August 12, 2013. Lindé served as director of the Children’s Theatre at Shenandoah… Read More

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