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Acting FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE  UMBC THEATRE ACTING PROGRAMS

WHAT DEGREE PROGRAMS DOES THE THEATRE DEPARTMENT OFFER FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ACTING?
UMBC offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting. B.F.A. students focus on developing and practicing performance skills leading to the pursuit of graduate study and/or experience in professional theatre.  The B.F.A. program requires 63 credit hours in addition to the UMBC general education requirement. Click here to see list of courses in the acting track.

CAN I COMPLETE MY B.A. or B.F.A. DEGREE IN FOUR YEARS?
YES. You can complete your theatre courses in four years if you follow the curricular schedule given to you and you work closely with your Theatre advisor.

DO I NEED TO AUDITION TO BECOME A THEATRE MAJOR IN ACTING?
NO. You will enter the program as BA Student who is BFA Intending. Students interested in the BFA. apply to a committee of theatre performance faculty near the end of their freshman year or after they have completed the first series of performance courses. Students are evaluated by the acting faculty and are admitted based on ability, progress, work habits, and potential. If you would like to know more about this process, please contact Laurie Newton-King at laurienk@umbc.edu to set up an appointment with a member of our faculty who can give you more information on the program.

Auditions are required for acceptance into the Linehan Artist Scholar program. Click on this link for more scholarship information.

WILL I BE ABLE TO STUDY SINGING AND DANCE IF I BECOME AN ACTING MAJOR?
YES. We encourage our BFAs to develop skills in both music and dance. Theatre majors may register for private singing lessons any and every semester they study at UMBC. There are also a number of choruses in which Theatre students may participate. Many dance classes are available to theatre majors. One of them even fulfills one of the required Theatre courses, and can also be used to fulfill a physical education requirement.

AS AN ACTOR, CAN I BE CAST MY FIRST SEMESTER IN ONE OF YOUR THEATRE PRODUCTIONS?
You are required to audition for department productions each semester, but Freshman rarely have achieved the training necessary to be cast in their first semester. However, we value the audition process as an important part of your training as an actor.

DO YOU EVER BRING IN GUEST ARTISTS?  
YES. We often bring in professional artists with special expertise to support our productions and expand our training. We have engaged artists to teach and/or perform mask work, stage combat, puppetry, Japanese Noh theatre, casting and auditioning skills, and voice over, and specialized acting techniques. We also bring in guest directors and designers so that students experience a wide range of artistic ideas and approaches. Students have been able to learn from and interact with artists such as Tim Miller, Lee Breuer, Ann Bogart, Liz Lerman, Daniel Ettinger, Phyllis Nagy, and Kari Margolis.

I AM A TRANSFER STUDENT.  HOW DO I ENTER THE PROGRAM?
We welcome transfer students and will work with you to insure your success. You are not required to audition before beginning your course work.  As a transfer student, it is critical that you make an appointment to have your previous course work evaluated and to create a plan of study that will allow you to graduate as expeditiously as possible. Do not register for classes before meeting with a Theatre Department Advisor. To schedule a meeting with a member of our Faculty contact Laurie Newton-King at laurienk@umbc.edu.

[More about being a Transfer Student Here]

UMBC Department of Theatre:  410.455.2917