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.
Our BFA Acting program provides sequential training in acting, voice and speech, and movement over four years:
- The freshman year is a foundational year in which students explore imagination and are introduced to basic skills such as working from self and learning to play objectives.
- In the sophomore year these skills aredeepened through more advanced scene work, and through movement classes that emphasize the physical life of characters.
- In the junior year the foundational work of students’ first two years is applied to increasingly challenging styles of acting that include the plays of Anton Chekhov, G.B. Shaw, and contemporary playwrights such asDominique Morrisseau.
- The senior year provides a bridge from training to the acting profession with classes on auditioning professionally, the acting business and acting on camera. The capstone course,Acting Senior Showcase, connects students directly with the entertainment industry through master classes with studio executives, talent managers, and working actors. The course culminates with students’ performances,which are viewed by agents and casting directors.
Admission and Auditions
Admission to the Acting program requires successful completion of an audition. The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a variety of audition opportunities, including on-campus audition days, auditions at various festivals and events around the United States, and the option to submit a video audition.
The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a wealth of performance opportunities including mainstage plays and musicals, as well as a variety of student-led productions. UNC is also home to the Little Theatre of the Rockies, a summer stock company that attracts theatre professionals from across the country to work along side our students.