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Develop your process.
Launch into the profession.

Boston University’s acting program is where artistic rigor meets the best-and next practices emerging in the theatre industry. Built on BU School of Theatre’s Progressive Studio Model, the program is a process-driven, person-centered, professionally-focused artistic sequence of courses, experiences, and opportunities. 

Ranked nationally as a top acting program:

#20 best colleges for performing arts in America (2022 niche rankings)

listed in backstage’s 25 acting colleges you should know about in 2023

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BU School of Theatre’s acting program focuses on essential tools, the development of artistic voice, and challenging individual work toward ever-increasing levels of awareness, imagination, and expression. During each year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, courses in the major follow a carefully integrated sequence of class exercises and production assignments. Additionally, the School of Theatre provides for artist-scholars and scholar-artists to experience all the opportunities of a Research 1 university as they deepen their knowledge of foundational techniques within the art form.

BU School of Theatre alumni are part of a dynamic community of arts innovators. Upon graduating with a BFA in acting, graduates obtain jobs on and off Broadway, from devised ensemble to producing groundbreaking new works; working in the television and film industry; and pursuing arts leadership opportunities as artist-activists, playwrights, and scholars.

BU School of Theatre: a place to find your artistic voice

Meet Assistant Professor of theatre, Melisa Pereyra, who brings a refreshing perspective to BU School of Theatre. Melisa shares her unique approach to performing and teaching Shakespeare, what inspired her to become an educator, and why CFA School of Theatre is a special place for her.

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From award-winning film actors to critically-acclaimed theatre actors
  • Jason Alexander (CFA’81, Hon.’95)
  • Michael Chiklis (CFA’85)
  • Geena Davis (CFA’79, Hon.’99)
  • Emily Deschanel (CFA’98)
  • Olympia Dukakis (Sargent’53, CFA’57, Hon.’00)
  • Faye Dunaway (CFA’62)
  • Dan Fogler (CFA’98)
  • David Garrison (CFA’74)
  • Amber Gray (CFA’04)
  • Ginnifer Goodwin (CFA’01)
  • Russell Hornsby (CFA’96)
  • Michelle Hurd (CFA’88)
  • Craig Lucas (CFA’73)
  • Julianne Moore (CFA’83)
  • Nina Tassler (CFA’79)
  • Marisa Tomei (CFA’86, Hon.’02)
  • Baron Vaughn (CFA’03)
  • Alfre Woodard (CFA’74, Hon,’04)

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