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PERFORMANCE STUDIES/ACTING

Faculty  
David Grapes -
Directing/Playwriting
Andrea Moon
Dramatic Literature

Michele Gaza
Acting/Diction

Mary Schuttler -
Theatre History

Tom McNally -
Head of Performance Studies

Ken Womble -
Acting

Broadway update-19 Alumni from the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Theatre Arts and Dance have appeared in 38 different Broadway Productions!

The Acting Concentration is a strong pre-professional 63 semester hour undergraduate degree program. Instructors come directly from the profession and have been trained in the New York Studio System by such giants as Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen and many others. Admission into this unique concentration area requires an audition and solid letters of recommendation. Students who seek acceptance into the acting concentration should have professional employment or additional graduate or conservatory studies as their career goals. This degree is for students who have special talents and serious interests in the craft of acting. Every year the department auditions over 800 prospective students in seven states for the approximate twenty 1st year available slots.

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. Recently an official Articulation Agreement was signed that links the UNC Acting Concentration with the famed New York School for Film and Television. 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.

Click here for a PDF with information on a B.A. degree for Performance Studies.

The Acting Concentration is a four-year undergraduate program that has four major components:

I)  Performance:
(A Stanislavski based, New York Studio systems approach)
Acting Theory and Practices, Beginning Acting, the Actor’s Lab, Scene Study, Advanced Acting Styles I, Advanced Acting Styles II, Audition Techniques and Acting for the Camera.  There are 3 semesters of Voice and Speech (Linklater approach) including dialect and verse studies, and one full year of Stage Movement (Laban and other approaches)

II) Supportive Studies: 
Playscript Analysis, Orientation to Technology, Stage Directing, Stage Makeup, Theatre History, and Theatre Literature.

III) UNC Performing Arts Productions:
The Theatre Arts and Dance Division produces a remarkable thirty-three (33) productions per year!  Six main-stage offerings, five summer stock 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.

IV) The Little Theatre of the Rockies:
The Little Theatre of the Rockies is the summer professional theatre arm of the UNC Theatre and Dance Department. The oldest, operating summer stock company west of the Mississippi, this remarkable company has won national recognition for combining professional and educational theatre.  Students become paid performers and have the opportunity to be mentored by and network with working professionals. The theatre produces three plays and two musicals for each summer.

If you would like to find out more information or to become a part of Peformance Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, contact Di Smice, Phone: (970) 351-2930, or email di.smice@unco.edu

 

 

 

PROGRAM AREAS

Performance Studies/Acting

Theatre Education

Theatre Studies

Dance

Musical Theatre

Design & Technology

MA in Theatre Education

MA in Dance Education

School of Theatre and Dance • Frasier Hall 105 • Campus Box 49 • University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639 • Phone: 970-351-2991 • Fax: 970-351-4897

Last updated October 1, 2014