All undergraduates begin their studies in the School of Theatre by completing the first year BFA Performance Core Sequence.

The Acting major is a fixed progression of classes that stresses the development of physical and vocal techniques and skills, as well as encouraging the growth of the imagination. The prescribed nature of the curriculum prepares students for careers in all aspects of the professional world of theatre and the related media of film and television. Students choosing this major not only identify themselves primarily as theatre performers, but seek the structure of the BFA Acting course load, knowing it is the best format for them to develop both artistically and academically.

Degree & Admissions Information

Average Class Size

  • Underclassmen: 12–19
  • Upperclassmen: 8–14

Curricular Opportunities

  • Constant one-on-one advising with faculty, as well as opportunities to take Directed Studies with faculty members, which are more individualized courses that a student proposes in their area of interest
  • Guaranteed casting in School of Theatre productions twice a semester beginning in the sophomore year.
  • Opportunity to pursue music theatre training through our Music Theatre Concentration.
  • Possibility of working through one of our Professional Theatre Initiative–affiliated companies while you are an undergraduate (casting assignments can be at equity theatre companies in and around the Boston area as well as being cast at Boston University)
  • Study Abroad experience at programs such as London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and Academia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, or other programs through BU Study Abroad
  • Access to working alumni in the field, as well as guest artists from Boston, New York, and other cities
  • Opportunity to complete the post-graduate BU in LA: Acting in Hollywood Program, giving students an inside track into the Los Angeles film and television community
  • Cross-curricular opportunities in the College of Fine Arts, including the Arts Leadership Minor.

Notable Alumni

  • Jason Alexander
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Faye Dunaway
  • David Garrison
  • Michael Chiklis
  • Geena Davis
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Dan Fogler
  • Craig Lucas
  • Nina Tassler
  • Olympia Dukakis
  • Julianne Moore
  • Marisa Tomei

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