Why Choose Nazareth for Acting?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting is a pre-professional degree with an emphasis on developing the skills necessary for the working artist of the theater.

It’s an immersive experience that begins freshmen year with classes in dance technique, acting, script analysis, behind the scenes lab work, and a freshmen spotlight performance. Freshmen are cast as early as spring semester.

Throughout the four years of study, you'll get rigorous training in performance through acting, movement, and voice studio classes including:

  • Improv
  • Stage
  • Dialects
  • Stage Combat
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Auditioning
  • Text analysis
  • Mime

Equal attention is paid to the written word with courses in playwriting, text analysis, theatre history, and drama. The rigorous Nazareth liberal arts core provides for studying and understanding the ever-changing world that theatre grows out of and responds to.

Program Highlights

  • Masterclasses with industry professionals
  • Required summer internship
  • Opportunity to perform in showcase for agents in NYC
  • Period plays presented yearly
  • Shakespeare studies throughout curriculum
  • Annual all-student production
  • Yearly student-directed one-act plays
  • Formal auditions each semester to hone your technique
  • Free tickets to the entire Nazareth College Arts Center season
  • In the Acting Intensive at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, bring Shakespeare’s text to life with instructors in movement, voice/speech, stage combat, and text work. Go backstage at Shakespeare’s Globe and put on a final onstage performance. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and grave in Stratford-upon-Avon, tour backstage, and see a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Swan Theatre.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

How to Audition

Auditions are required for this major. View audition details and register.

Theatre and Dance Faculty »


Rachel Viccaro, actress and alum of the BFA acting degree at Nazareth College, Rochester NY

Spotlight: Rachel Viccaro

Actor, instructor at Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre, Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival

"The B.F.A. acting program at Nazareth College prepared me for the real world by making it a priority to experience it before I graduated. My theatre-related internship as an acting apprentice at Shakespeare on the Sound between my junior and senior year led to my immediate employment after graduation. Nazareth College prepares you for the challenges of this profession and allows you to discover yourself as an artist."

Example Careers

  • Actor / Actress
  • Stage Director
  • Talent Agent
  • Stage Manager
  • Production Designer
  • Teacher

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Meg Pantera The Agency
  • KSR Talent Agency
  • Oregon Cabaret Theatre
  • Playhouse on Park, CT
  • Juilliard
  • Summer stock around the country
  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
  • Rochester Broadway Theatre League
  • Bristol Valley Theatre
  • Stella Adler Acting Internship

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Yale University
  • Catholic University
  • The Hartford Stage Company
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
  • The New School
  • Geva Theatre Center
  • Hangar Theatre
  • Merry Go-Round Playhouse
  • Syracuse Stage
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre
  • Capital Repertory Theatre