Description:

The professional actor training program is a four-year sequential course of study in acting—voice, speech, movement for actors, dramatic structure, and history of the theatre, supplemented by offerings in stage combat, performance improvisation, mask work, 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 first two years of training focus on the development of the actor’s imagination and an exploration of his or her inner resources as they relate to the external demands and skills of the craft.
  • During the third and fourth years, classroom work continues, and the principles learned in the first two years are applied rigorously in rehearsal and performance. Purchase Repertory Theatre productions provide a wide range of experience, from the contemporary to the classic, and are directed by visiting professionals as well as experienced resident faculty.

The acting BFA program is one of five in the nation that meets the standards of the Consortium of Conservatory Theatre Training Programs. In the fourth year, graduating seniors are presented to an invited audience of agents, producers, and casting directors in New York City and Los Angeles.

Please note: The acting BFA program does not offer training in musical theatre.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting General Education requirements, all acting majors must successfully complete the following requirements (110 credits).

Of the 110 credits, up to 8 credits of theatre history (ACT 1250 and 2100) may be counted toward the liberal arts requirement (30 credits minimum) for the degree.

Freshman Year: 26 credits

Sophomore Year: 27 credits

Junior Year: 29 credits

Senior Year: 28 credits

Policy on Casting and Production  

All students work in productions as cast. Because of the rigorous nature of the acting program, all coursework and extracurricular work or projects must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty advisor. If a student becomes involved with such a project or work without the knowledge and consent of the student’s faculty advisor, the student may be subject to probation and/or dismissal.


Faculty

  • Lecturer of Acting
    Co-Chair of Acting
    • MFA, Rutgers University
    • BA Union College
  • Lecturer of Acting
    • BFA, New York University
  • Lecturer of Acting
    Lecturer of Theatre and Performance (Part Time)
    • BA, Middlebury College
    • MFA, L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacque Lecoq
  • Lecturer of Acting
    • BA, University of Michigan
  • Lecturer of Acting

    BFA, State University of New York, Purchase College

  • Lecturer of Acting
    • BFA, New York University
  • Lecturer of Acting
    • BA, Duke University
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Lecturer of Acting
  • Associate Professor of Acting
    • BA, New York University
  • Lecturer of Acting
    • BFA, Howard University
    • MFA, Yale School of Drama
  • Professor of Acting
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MFA, Southern Methodist University
  • Lecturer of Acting

    BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

  • Lecturer of Acting
    • BFA, MFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Associate Professor of Acting
    • BA, Dillard University
    • MFA, New York University
  • Lecturer of Acting
    • Licentiate Acting Diploma, London College of Music and Media
    • Ecole Jacques Lecoq, France
    • Ecole Philippe Gaulier, France
  • Lecturer in Acting
    • BFA, New York University
  • Lecturer of Acting
    • BA, Brown University
  • Lecturer of Acting
    • BA, Hamilton College
  • Lecturer of Acting
    Co-Chair of Acting
    • BA, Temple University
    • MFA, University of Georgia

Contributing Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Playwriting
    • BA, Goddard College
    • MFA, University of Southern California
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
    Director, Conservatory of Theatre Arts
    • AB, University of Chicago
    • MFA, Yale School of Drama
  • Lecturer
    Chorus Director
    • MusB, Performers Certificate, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MM, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
    • MMA, Yale University
    • DMA, Yale University

Courses