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Theatre BFA, Performance Concentration

The Theatre & Dance Department offers BA and BFA Theatre, Performance Concentration, as well as a Theatre minor, in which selected undergraduates study a broad range of technical, artistic, literary and historical aspects of theatre, while concentrating on a specific area. Areas of emphasis include acting, design/technology, history/literature, playwriting, and directing.

After taking Acting 1 and 2 during their freshman year, BFA Theatre, Performance Concentration students take a three-year sequence in acting, which includes courses in Method Acting, Voice, Shakespeare, Meisner Technique, Mime/Movement, and Audition Technique.

All Theatre students are encouraged to participate in the department’s season, including production work as designers, dramaturgs, and actors. Theatre students also have the opportunity to work for credit outside the department, including internships and roles at Buffalo professional theatres, as well as to design individual projects and courses of study to complement the department’s offerings.

Theatre students are some of the most accomplished students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Many are enrolled in the University’s Honors College. The program can serve as the groundwork for further study in theatre or as the liberal arts foundation for a variety of satisfying careers and graduate study. We’re pleased that many of our Theatre graduates go on to successful careers in professional theatre, yet we’re equally proud that many others apply the skills and knowledge from their theatre studies to enter law school, MBA programs, arts administration, education, and many other professional fields. A Theatre major is an excellent way for students to develop the critical skills of writing, technology, presentation, and critical thinking vital to professional success in the 21st century.

Prospective majors should arrange for an interview with the Theatre advisor prior to their first semester on campus. Early application for a major is encouraged to ensure taking courses in the proper sequence and to obtain the most benefit from Theatre Performance departmental advisement. A placement audition is encouraged if the student has prior experience (other than high school). *B.F.A. applicants are auditioned for placement in the spring of their freshman year.

Degree Requirements:

Vincent O’Neill,,  Director of Theatre, Performance Concentration