The Acting program for the BFA candidate is designed to prepare future musical theatre actors for the demands and rewards of 21st century performance.
We are dedicated to a multi-faceted, diverse world-view using performance opportunities, extensive studio training, and travel as our primary tools to educate.
There are elements of the actor's process, as with any artist's, which are too mysterious and personal for any one methodology. As we all know, there are some things that can't be taught! Therefore, our training is focused on the areas of the actor's process that can be learned and expanded upon using various approaches. We have assembled a world-class faculty dedicated to a holistic approach to actor-training: mind, body, breath, and imagination.
The imagination is the foundation of any acting technique and is the bedrock of an actor's ability to live truthfully in performance. With this in mind, we begin with work in imagination and impulse. You are given space for your distinct point of view to grow and find its voice, not only here at school, but in the world at large.
Our goal is not to "Break you down and then build you back up". At Penn State, day one is about building on the very instincts that got you into this program in the first place. Then, step-by step and year-by-year, we introduce you to techniques designed to access your full potential as an actor.
Playing your part here includes EDUCATION, PERFORMANCE, and TRAVEL.
Education: You are first and foremost a student. You will be mentored by experts in their respective fields and learn a wide-range of techniques and processes. We also have frequent guest artists on campus.
Performance: You will be given many opportunities to perform in a wide array of mediums, including solo, devised, new work, contemporary and classic world drama, Shakespeare, film and new media.
Travel: You will also be given travel opportunities in order to expand your world view and deepen your experience as an artist.