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.
"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."