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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, or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Studies.  B.F.A. students focus on developing and practicing performance skills leading to the pursuit of graduate study and/or experience in professional theatre.  B.A. students have a broader program that includes an in-depth study of all areas of theatre, including performance and directing. The core theatre courses for both programs are similar and students from both programs are cast in faculty directed productions. The B.F.A. program requires 63 credit hours. The B.A. program requires 47 credit hours. In both programs, students must fulfill all other UMBC general education requirements. Click here to see list of courses in each acting track.

CAN I COMPLETE MY B.A. or B.F.A. DEGREE IN FOUR YEARS?
YES. You can complete your theatre courses in either program 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. Students interested in the B.A. Theatre Studies needn’t audition. Students interested in pursuing the B.F.A. in Acting degree 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.

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 BFA and BA majors 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.

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 contact Gregg Schraven at schraven@umbc.edu.

UMBC Department of Theatre:  410.455.22917