The professional actor training program is a four-year sequential course of study in acting—voice, speech, movement for actors, dramatic literature, and history of the theatre, supplemented by offerings in stage combat, performance improvisation, Lecoq technique, acting for camera, makeup, and audition technique. The schedule is rigorous; in a typical week, a student works directly with faculty members for 27 to 40 hours and spends a comparable amount of time in preparation.
The acting BFA program is one of four in the nation that meets the standards of the Consortium of Conservatory Theatre Training Programs. In the fourth year, those actors who (in the collective opinion of the faculty) are most representative of the four years of a conservatory training program are presented under Consortium auspices to an invited audience of more than 300 agents, producers, and casting directors in New York City and Los Angeles.
Jay O. Sanders
Karen Sillas |
Acting Faculty (Board of Study)
David Bassuk, MFA, Southern Methodist University
Akil Davis, BA, New York University
Jill Echo, MFA, Purchase College
Ginger Eckert, MFA, Brown University
David Gideon, BA, Franklin & Marshall College
A. Dean Irby, MFA, New York University
Trey Lyford, MFA, University of California, San Diego
Christopher McCann, BFA, New York University
Scott McCrea, MFA, Columbia University
Pamela Prather, MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
Ronni Stewart, BA, New York University
J. Allen Suddeth, BFA, Ohio University
Maggie Surovell, MFA, University of Georgia
Charles Tuthill, BFA, New York University
Rosalyn Coleman Williams, MFA, Yale School of Drama
Rina Saltzman: Theatre and Performance
For additional information:
Conservatory of Theatre Arts Faculty
For additional information and updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/taf/acting.aspx.