Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Acting Specialization)
The Bachelor of Arts in theatre-acting at the University of Nevada, Reno trains students in a variety of perspectives.
Theatre majors in the School of the Arts begin coursework with Stanislavski's emphasis on character-based action, objective and truth. The curriculum expands to embrace psychological realism as defined by the American method juxtaposed with technique classes developing expressiveness in the voice and body. These skills are synthesized and applied to the work of Shakespeare and heightened styles of performance.
Acting students can enhance their theatre education with main-stage acting experience where theatre majors receive priority casting; there is no competition from graduate students.
Student actors profit from individualized mentoring by faculty directors, amplifying personal growth and collaborative creation. Because acting demands knowledge of psychology, history and language, the acting specialization is enhanced by a liberal arts education, complemented by a course dedicated to prepare students for career opportunities in the performing arts or graduate school.
The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in theatre. The minor program provides students with classroom and production opportunities. Scholarly and practical skills are developed in theatre arts including acting, directing, designing and other areas of technical theatre and children’s theatre.
Why study theatre at the University of Nevada, Reno?
The Department of Theatre and Dance is a collaborative community of artists and scholars – faculty, staff and students, aiming to achieve the highest level of excellence in their teaching, learning, research, creative endeavors and outreach to the community and state. Our students explore all aspects of the performing arts through classes, studios and hands-on experiences onstage and behind the scenes. Rooted in the liberal arts traditions, our program prepares students with the skills necessary to pursue a variety of careers in the performing arts and beyond.
Theatre majors have access to fantastic facilities to rehearse and perform. The Redfield Proscenium Theatre features 362 seats and the Redfield Studio Theatre features a multi-configuration black box with seating for up to 162. In addition, the department also boasts a state-of-the-art lighting lab which is 900-square-feet of dedicated space for the instruction of stage lighting design.
The Department of Theatre and Dance hosts two student theatre productions each year providing students with professional acting experience, as well as invites a number of resident performing artists to the classroom for discussion and training.
Graduates of the theatre program in the School of the Arts have gone on to become extraordinary performing artists. Other than becoming a professional actor, theatre majors are also prepared to work in education and any public service field, which requires interaction with the public. Our graduates gain highly-regarded liberal arts skills in communication, writing and analytical thinking which sets students up for a variety of exciting careers.