Acting Training

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The Acting program for the BFA candidate in musical theatre is dedicated to a multi-faceted, diverse world-view using performance opportunities and extensive studio training as our primary tools to educate.

There are elements of the actor's process, as with any artist, 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 the 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 both EDUCATION and PERFORMANCE.

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.  Your coursework will include Voice/ Speech, Studio acting in solo and scenework, Shakespeare, and TV/ Film.  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.

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Contact Us

Address: Penn State School of Theatre, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802 USA.

Office: (814) 865 7586

Fax: (814) 865 5754

Tickets: (814) 863 0255