BA Theater Arts - Acting

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BA in Theater Arts - Acting

The BA in Acting – International Performance Ensemble (I.P.E.) major is based on creative strategies for students to grow artistically and become first-rate performers. This is a one-of-a-kind BA theater program in the U.S. that trains the student in the development of an ensemble theater company. It also provides the young actor with the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally as part of exchange programs with companies and artists from all over the world. The first three years are dedicated to developing and performing devised projects through collaborative creation of theatrical pieces under the mentorship of established American and international theater professionals. Through this process, students are trained in the technique of ensemble work incorporating devised performance, design, movement, and text. The senior year will concentrate on each student’s artistic goal in order to create a successful and fulfilling career. The BA program also offers a strong liberal arts component that helps nurtures well-rounded young artists whose goals are to enter the professional industry or continue on to graduate school.

A New Approach

The BA Acting curriculum is a progression of training that intensifies our students’ skills as actors/performers on two levels: one is working on technique: on skill, voice, body and coordination; second is inviting them into totally free improvisation. BA Acting students take classes such as Acting, Performance Ensemble, Vocal Production, Movement, Script Analysis, Theatre History, World Theater, Theater for Social Change, Stage and Crew Management, Stage and Lighting Design, as well as various dance.

A Chance To Connect

Every successful career is based as much on what you know as who you know.  Our campus is rooted in New York City’s theater community, and you start to build relationships the day you arrive at Pace Performing Arts, not the day you graduate. With department permission and guidance, students are permitted to work on professional productions while still
enrolled at school.

Become One of Us

All applicants must first read the complete audition requirements and then upload the required materials.  If a callback has been issued, the second audition will require you to attend one of our on-campus or regional auditions (details below).

Applicants should prepare two contrasting monologues from published full-length plays, not to exceed 3 minutes TOTAL.  These monologues should demonstrate your range and show contrast (e.g., comic/serious; contrasting character types; or stylized/realistic).  The selections must be memorized and performed without a prompter or referring to the script.  You may be asked how this “moment” fits into the play as a whole.  Applicants will also be asked to participate in a movement workshop at the audition.