BFA Acting

An intensive, 3 year conservatory training program providing in-depth study of acting, movement, and voice combined with a university degree.

We have some exciting NEWS to share with you about our BFA Acting Program!

We are looking to make a significant change in our BFA Acting stream, converting it to a four-year program. It will take us time to actually make this change, but we are planning an early acceptance of some students right out of Grade 12. Therefore, we would like to encourage Grade 12 students to audition in February 2017. If they are selected, they will have a guaranteed spot in the class for admission in Fall 2018 and they will receive close mentorship during their pre-professional year (if they choose to study at the U of A). Applicants do not have to apply to the U of A in order to request an audition. The request form can be found here.

  • More hours of professional actor training than any other university theatre program
  • Intensive training in movement, physical theatre and stage fighting; voice, speech, text analysis, dialect, singing; and immersion in a wide range of acting styles with particular focus on classical/period/extended text
  • Study with a range of teachers, coaches, and directors including top-rated faculty, MFA directors, and theatre professionals from the outside community
  • Performance opportunities in varied venues, culminating in a final year residency at U of A Studio Theatre
  • Work on New Works with the Drama Department’s Playwright in Residence
  • Preparation for immediate entry into the professional workforce

You Will Learn:

  • Physical and vocal flexibility and stamina to tackle any style of playing in today’s theatre
  • Theoretical and critical analysis of contemporary and classical texts, and then a variety of approaches to make them come alive
  • A solid and varied practice that develops of all the actor’s tools to create a centered, intuitive and exciting on-stage presence
  • How to create a vibrant character with extended physical, psychological, imagistic, and vocal qualities
  • How to fill the stage and reach the audience in a variety of performance spaces
  • How to work in an ensemble to ensure respect for the work, the partner and the self