Department of Performing Arts
Theatre & Performance (BFA)
Two students in Emerson Stage's 2014 production of Dancing at Lughnasa (photo credit: Perspective Photo)
About the Program
Emerson College’s BFA in Theatre & Performance is an outstanding actor training program that combines the rigor of sequential studio courses with the flexibility to explore a diverse world of possibilities. After you complete the Actor Training Core in the first two years, you can choose from an array of options based on your interests, aspirations, and input from your faculty mentors. Whether you spend a semester at our Los Angeles campus, add a minor to your schedule, or find the perfect internship, you can combine your studies to match your goals in ways only limited by your imagination. You can continue to study acting for your Junior and Senior years in specialized acting classes such as Action Theatre, Dialects, or Stage Combat and branch out into any number of topics offered by Performing Arts such as Playwriting, Directing, and Dramaturgy. Theatre & Performance is a degree for today’s theatre professional who approaches work with a varied skill set: an actor/director, a solo performer, a fight choreographer—a theatre artist.
As a Theatre & Performance student you are also eligible, along with any student who completes our two year Actor Training Core, to audition for the BFA in Acting. If accepted, you would forego the schedule flexibility of Junior and Senior years, trading those opportunities for the singular focus of the BFA Acting Studio: 14 hours a week of concentrated training for two years. The programs—BFA Acting and BFA Theatre & Performance—are arranged to allow you to study, grow, and explore before choosing a path.
|BFA Theatre and Performance (detailed below)||56|
|General Education Requirements||
Compare the requirements of this program to other Emerson BFA degrees in Performing Arts.
To see descriptions of any of the below classes, please visit our course catalog.
Students who have matriculated for the Academic Year 2015 - 2016 or prior may read the BA/BFA ACTING PROGRAMS HANDBOOK for more details about the program.
|1st||PA101||Languages of the Stage||4|
|1st||TH149||Emerson Stage Production Crew||0|
|2nd||TH215||World Drama in its Context I||4|
|2nd||TH216||World Drama in its Context II||4|
|3rd-4th||TH||Advanced Drama Studies||4|
|Total Department of Performing Arts Core||20|
|1st||TH123||Acting I: Movement||4|
|1st||TH124||Acting II: Voice and Text||4|
|2nd||TH221||Scene Study I||4|
|2nd||TH222||Scene Study II||4|
|Total Actor Training Core||20|
|3rd-4th||TH||4 TH courses at the 300-level or above, two of which must be Acting classes||16|