The Acting program at UNC is a rigorous, pre-professional training program designed to prepare talented young actors for careers in theatre, film, and television.

In addition to concentrated training in acting, voice, and movement, students are also presented with numerous performance opportunities including main-stage plays and musicals, one-acts, dance concerts, improv and sketch comedy troupes, and the Little Theatre of the Rockies professional summer stock theatre company.

In their senior year, Acting majors also have the opportunity to audition for New York and Los Angeles Showcases, which provide many of our graduates with invaluable networking opportunities with some of the industry’s leading agents and casting directors.

Performance Studies at UNC

The Acting Concentration is a four-year undergraduate degree program.
Click here to view the Four Year Plan worksheet for Acting

Coursework for Acting students may include:

  • Acting Theory and Practices
  • Scene Study
  • Audition Techniques
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Stage Movement

Career options for graduates of the Acting program include:

  • Film and Television
  • Broadway
  • Touring Productions
  • Regional Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Students interested in the Acting program must audition for consideration. The School of Theatre Arts and Dance conducts auditions on campus as well as at various Thespian Festivals throughout the country.

Audition & Application Information
How to Apply

Alumni of this concentration area work on and off Broadway, in regional repertory theatres, in film and television, and as directors and/or teachers throughout the United States. Currently some UNC acting graduates study in professional MFA Graduate Programs at the Carnegie Mellon/Moscow Arts Theatre Program, London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the National Theatre Conservatory, the Eugene O’Neill Center, Penn State University, Ohio University/Cincinnatti In The Park, UC Irvine, Florida, Florida State, the Alabama Shakespeare Company, and the National (Folger) Shakespeare Company to name a few. (View Alumni News)

For more information or to schedule a visit to the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, contact Melanie Poston at (970) 351-1921 or

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Film & Television Collaboration

The UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance has an official articulation agreement with the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, linking our Acting concentration with the famed film and television school. This agreement makes it possible for UNC students to have special access to the film school’s award winning summer and graduate programs. In addition, film school graduates may come to UNC to complete their university degrees. This networking has already resulted in job placements of UNC graduates in the New York market.

Faculty & Staff

UNC Performing Arts faculty are talented practitioners with wide ranging educational and professional backgrounds and a high level of dedication to the development of their students. All have worked professionally on stage and are members of their respective unions, including Equity, AFTRA, AGVA and SAG. In addition, guest artists from on- and off-Broadway, National Tours, and regional theatre, film and television often appear with students in UNC productions.

Shelly Gaza

Voice & Speech, Acting

David Grapes

Directing, Playwriting

Tom McNally


Andrea Moon

Dramatic Literature, Movement

Mary Schuttler

Professor of Theatre Arts

Ken Womble

Head of Performance Studies

Theatre Productions & Events

There are many performance opportunities for Acting majors at UNC:

UNC Performing Arts Productions

The School of Theatre Arts and Dance produces a remarkable thirty-three (33) productions per year! Six main-stage offerings, five summer stock theatre or repertory shows, two student directed senior practicums and twenty one-act plays per year.

Acting majors are required to audition for all main-stage offerings and are encouraged to audition for the one-acts.

UNC theatre students showcase their talents on the stages of the 600-seat Langworthy theatre, the 1700-seat Union Colony Civic Center, and the intimate 100-seat Norton Theatre.