BFA in THEATRE ARTS / PERFORMANCE
The BFA in Performance prepares the student for a career in acting, education, or graduate study. The Performance Area provides the student with comprehensive core coursework in Acting, Voice, and Movement with supplemental coursework in Acting for the Camera, Dance, Stage Combat, Improvisation, Shakespeare, and more! Performance opportunities are abundant and students are cast as early as their first year of enrollment! Please click to see the degree plan for the BFA in Performance.
Nationally and internationally recognized faculty members teach a holistic hands-on approach to the body, voice and creative abilities in traditional and current techniques, which may include: Stanislavsky, Meisner, Viewpoints, Michael Chekhov, Alexander, LeCoq, Suzuki, Linklater, Lessac, and Rodenburg, among others.
As a BFA Performance Major, you are required to audition for each show in the season. In addition, BFAs are encouraged to audition for improv, student-directed one-acts, student films, and other performance opportunities. You’ll perform in THREE state- of the art theatre spaces:
• Maverick Theatre Company Mainstage: a proscenium, seating up to 434
• The Studio Theatre: a large, flexible-seating black box theatre, seating 100+
• The Lab Theatre: an intimate, black box theatre, seating 50+
You will be challenged to interact with classic and modern plays, musicals, operas, operettas, workshops, works-in-progress, premiere works, devised performance, improvisation, and other collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Our typical season includes:
• 2 Mainstage plays + 2 Mainstage musicals: faculty directed
• Minimum of 4 MavLab plays: faculty and/or student directed and produced
• 2 Improv Troupe shows
• 2 Dance Concerts
• Class Performances: Some Performance and Directing courses include an end-of-semester studio production or showcase
WHY CHOOSE THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ARLINGTON?
• Connections to DFW Theatres and Artists – 125 theatres in the DFW Metroplex
• Personalized Attention, Support, Mentoring for your career
• Professionally Working Faculty and Staff
• Master classes with Guest Artists
• Annual Progress Evaluations
• University and Department Scholarships
PROGRAM AUDITION AND ACCEPTANCE
Auditions consist of two contrasting monologues from published plays (1 minute in length each). A 16-bar song is encouraged, but not required. UTA sends a faculty representative to the major recruiting conferences and events in the DFW area. Students may also audition privately in February. Each student auditioning privately will be required to submit an audition form, resume, and headshot at the time of the audition.
Application Information can be found here.
A limited number of students will be accepted into the Performance Program to ensure personalized instruction and attention. Acceptance into the BFA Performance Program is contingent upon acceptance to the University.