Feb 23, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Theater Performance Major (B.F.A.)—Acting or Musical Theater Tracks

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Major codes BF5048/BF5049

College of Fine Arts  
School of Theater  
Kantner Hall 307B
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4818

Merri Biechler, contact person

Program Overview

The B.F.A. in Performance is a rigorous program fostering creative, cognitive, and artistic skills. This degree is comprised of two tracks, Acting or Musical Theater.  Students can be accepted into either the Acting track or the Musical Theater track.  It is intended to advance the education and training of motivated, curious, self-reliant, adaptable theater artists. Studio classes emphasize the authentic use of self, the reality of doing, the collaborative process and the acquisition and mastery of performance skills. Advanced courses introduce a wide range of approaches to the craft of performance and the further development of the actor’s instrument.

We seek serious, disciplined students committed to rigorous training, who want the art of theater and performance to be at the core of their education. Students are evaluated at the end of each semester, and continuing status in the program is based on successful completion of all required coursework as well as positive evaluations from all performance area faculty. All theater majors are required to attain a minimum grade of C (2.0) in any theater course required for graduation. A student who is struggling academically or programmatically will receive a letter of concern or be placed on probation.

During the first two years, each B.F.A. candidate in performance should complete much of the theater core as well as the General Education requirements. Careful and consistent faculty supervision and advising are an integral part of the B.F.A. in performance.

Once accepted into the performance program, opportunities include a minimum of two significant acting experiences in our Theater programming, either in main stage offerings, studio or laboratory productions. Performance students may also work in the development and production of new plays. There is programmatic interaction with M.F.A. candidates in directing, playwriting, and acting. A wide range of internship, study abroad and off-campus opportunities are available for interested students.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students wishing to enter the School of Theater’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program (BFA) must audition/interview for entrance into the program. Students must also apply and meet the general University requirements in order to be accepted.

Change of Program Policy

Admission to the B.F.A. Acting program is by application, interview and audition only. Upon successful admission, change of major paperwork should be initiated by the student at the Theater Division Office or the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office.

External Transfer Admission

Ohio University recognizes several kinds of transferable credits for students who have completed general education courses at other universities or regional campuses, as well as many courses in their major. Some of these courses have been pre-identified for transfer as described in the University System of Ohio’s Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs).

Transfer students wanting to enter any Theater Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program (BFA) must audition/interview for entrance into the program. Theater courses taken at other universities that are not pre-identified by TAGs are evaluated by the Theater faculty to determine the internal transfer equivalency. The transfer evaluation can be based on a course by course analysis of a student’s academic transcript; a catalog comparison of course descriptions or syllabi; an interview with student; and/or an observation of skill assessment in classes.

Once the internal transfer equivalency is completed by the faculty, the information is sent to the College of Fine Arts for approval. If approved, the transfer credits are applied to the student’s records.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduating performance majors have the skill set necessary to craft vivid and specific performances in any medium. They are prepared with the business acumen and audition skills that will ready them to compete for professional acting work. Many seniors are offered internships upon graduation. Students are also prepared for acceptance into graduate studies, including M.F.A. Professional Actor Training Programs or an M.A. in Theater Studies.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

Theater B.F.A. Core

Complete all required courses below with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Theater History

Complete the following courses in selected track:

Upper Level History and Criticism

Complete two of the following courses. All eligible courses are repeatable.

Production Practicum

Complete at least three of the following courses for a minimum total of 6 hours. All eligible courses are repeatable.

Complete Two Significant Theater Performances

Faculty Mentor certification of 2 performances in School of Theater Productions

B.F.A. Performance Major Requirements

Complete all courses from ONE of the following tracks. 
Complete all DANC, MUS, and THAR courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Acting Track

Complete the following courses:

Musical Theater Track

Complete the following courses:

Movement and Voice

Complete ONE of the following tracks:

Musical Theater Track

Complete a minimum of 6 hours and one course from each category from the following dance courses with advisor approval:

Complete a minimum of 2 hours from the following courses with Advisor approval:

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