BFA in Theatre: Acting Track

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree


 A conservatory-style program focused on intense development of the actor’s artistry and craft defines ORU’s BFA in Acting. Students work and study in a laboratory environment which encourages exploration of various acting techniques and processes. A combination of extensive voice and movement training with the actor’s emotional honesty, and a thorough study in the art of theatre and performance will be covered throughout the acting classes. BFA Acting candidates will graduate from the program with the tools and skills required to compete on a national level. Whether it is choosing to immediately pursue a career in the acting industry, or by continuing their training on the Master of Fine Arts level, the successful BFA Acting graduate will excel.

The Freshman Year

All freshman students interested in pursuing a BFA degree in Theatre with an Acting emphasis will enter the program declared in the Acting Track as a candidate.  In the spring of their freshman year, after exploring all areas of the theatre core, the student will have the opportunity to be admitted into a BFA program by audition.  For students choosing to not pursue a BFA, they will remain a Theatre major in the liberal arts BA program.

BFA acting students will experience the following:
  • Acting opportunities in main stage productions, Showcase Theatre productions, student film and television acting opportunities. 
  • Designing makeup, costumes, sets and props
  • Building sets, costumes and props
  • Theatre Directing Experience
  • Writing a play
  • Stage management and crew experiences for stage
  • Seminars with professionals in the arts
  • Participation with Alpha Psi Omega (a national honorary dramatic society) and voice-over opportunities
What do you have to look forward to?

A great group of talented and creative students and faculty who are passionate about God and immersed in the latest project. The opportunity to take your craft to the next level.


Theatre program auditions are held on Friday afternoons of College Weekend in November and March. 

Students interested in theatre scholarships are asked to prepare one 90 second monologue or provide a design portfolio, if interested in the theatre technology areas. Both auditions and portfolio reviews will be followed by an with an interview with the ORU theatre faculty. To schedule and audition, please complete the Request to Audition for a Talent Scholarship Form.

For musical theatre, please provide one song from the musical theatre repertoire. Auditions for the musical theatre program are scheduled via the ORU Music Department.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities
  • Alpha Psi Omega - ORU Theatre is proud to sponsor a chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national, honorary, dramatic society which is a service organization to the community. APO seeks to stimulate interest in theatrical activities both on and off the ORU campus. Membership is open to current ORU students participating in ORU Theatre events and meeting the national membership requirements.

  • Four mainstage theatre productions and one studio production per year.

Course Offerings Include
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Acting Courses I-V including Shakespeare, Meisner Technique, Classic and Modern Styles
  • Voice Courses including dialects, voiceover techniques and diction.
  • Audition Techniques
  • Viewpoints and Movement Courses
  • Applied Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Film Acting Techniques
  • Theatre History
  • Directing
  • Production and Design Courses
  • Acting for Musical Theatre
  • Playwriting
Degree Plans

Current degree plan for this major is available for download.

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