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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre: Performance Concentration

Our Performance concentration includes courses in acting, speech, and movement along with electives in classes such as directing, puppetry, and dance.  This training in a variety of methods is combined with the opportunity to gain stage experience in our mainstage productions, student-directed one-acts, student films, and other events such as our staged readings during the academic year. These performance opportunities allow you to hone your craft by applying what you have learned in the classroom to the stage and screen. 
Along with the Theatre Core classes, performance majors also take required Performance and elective classes to prepare you for a career or graduate study as an actor on stage or film.
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Mainstage production

Each year, our production season is chosen to provide experiences tailored to challenge and cultivate the growth of our students as artists. Our seasons are a mixture of classical and period pieces, contemporary shows, and varied approaches to performance techniques. You can graduate with a wealth of experience.   Our high expectations and professional training in the rehearsal process will help prepare you for whatever path you choose as your career.
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Other performance opportunities

Our small class sizes, close knit community, and dedicated faculty will give you the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed as a theatre artist.  Along with mainstage shows, we also offer masterclasses and workshops to develop new skills, and opportunities such as a touring TYA show every other year.  Recently, a group of our students performed as part of the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC as the Flying Blind Theatre Ensemble with an original devised piece, The Country Co-Ed.
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You will also have the opportunity to travel through study abroad and study away programs.  Recent courses included trips to New York and London.  These trips provide opportunity to learn about other cultures, experience theatre in a variety of settings, and take workshops to enhance your knowledge of theatre.