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.

The theater visionary Constantin Stanislavski wrote, "Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”  And that’s what the acting degree program at Nazareth College will help students develop — their own place as performers in the larger world of theater and art.

A hallmark of our acting major is its small size and our ability to nurture each performance student individually. It’s an immersive experience that begins bright and early for freshmen with classes in dance technique, acting, script analysis, behind the scenes lab work, and a freshmen showcase.

Course progression in our acting major is carefully crafted as students develop skills in classes such as improvisation, stage dialects, stage combat, and camera performance. But the real test of training is in auditions and on the stage in front of an audience. Our laboratory season includes two musicals and two plays each year on our beautiful, recently renovated Callahan Stage and in Studio 48, an intimate black box theatre. Freshmen are cast as early as their spring semester.

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

Program Highlights

  • Period plays presented yearly
  • Shakespeare studies throughout curriculum
  • Opportunities to compete at the American College Theatre Festival
  • 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

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Contact Information

Lindsay Korth

Lindsay Korth

Professor of Theatre Arts / Acting & Directing in Theatre and Dance
Arts Center 18

Education: B.A., Mount Holyoke College Lessac Voice Intensive; M.F.A, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Directing)

Teaching and Artistic Interests: The energy between actors on stage and between the audience and the stage as manifested on the body and the voice. Her favorite stage work is physical theatre, a good example of which is the original devised work entitled Grimm.

MJ Casey, alumnus of the acting degree program, acting major at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

Alumni Spotlight: MJ Casey

"My time at Naz prepared me for graduate school (MFA in Drama, Catholic University), three national tours, two Helen Hayes Award nominations and consistent work in a field of study that can be very daunting and difficult to pursue."

Example Careers

  • Actor
  • 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