BFA Acting

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

As of this past year, we opened up our auditions to not only students in post-secondary, but also to students who are currently in Grade 12, with the possibility of early acceptance in to the BFA Acting program

If you are in Grade 12, we encourage you to audition in February 2019, and if you are selected, we guarantee a spot for you in Fall 2020.  You will also receive close mentorship if you choose to complete your pre-professional year 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.

Application and supporting documents deadline is January 31, 2019


  • 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