Katherine McGerr, Program Coordinator
820 East Genesee Street
Christine Albright-Tufts, Alec Barbour, Kathleen Baum, Bradley Beckman, Gerardine Clark, Melissa Crespo, Stephen Cross, Danyon Davis, Kathryn Fathers, Robert Hupp, Nicholas Kowerko, Celia Madeoy, Zizi Magid, Thomas Miller, Kathryn Miranda, Katherine McGerr, Leslie Noble, Ricky Pak, Whitney Pak, Hanni Schwarzlander, Blake Segal, Holly Thuma, Joseph Whelan, Matthew Winning, Ralph Zito
The BFA program in acting takes full advantage of the resources provided by Drama Department faculty, the University, and the Department’s relationship with Syracuse Stage in order to provide emerging professional theater artists with rigorous training in performance technique, text analysis, voice, speech and actor movement. Students are immediately immersed in a program of pre-professional study in their first year, devoting as many as 18 hours of class time per week to various theater arts. Students who are interested in directing and playwriting may elect to take additional courses in these areas under drama support requirements. All students are required to take coursework in writing.
Although first-year students are not permitted to perform on stage for the public, they work on productions behind the scenes in a wide variety of jobs, ranging from running crews to assistant stage managing. From the second year on, students may audition for roles in: faculty-directed productions and scenes and plays directed by students; films produced by undergraduate and graduate film students; and productions outside the department, including Syracuse Stage productions in appropriate roles or as understudies where union rules permit the use of non-Equity actors. Equity points may be earned through work with Syracuse Stage.