Graduate Programs

MFA Acting Concentration

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The University of Alabama provides the tools necessary to successfully pursue a career in either performance or academia. The acting concentration is a rigorously structured sequence of study that provides the actor a solid base of technique and proficiency in an array of acting styles and methods from Classical Theatre to Contemporary Works, including an upper level focus on Comedy and Acting for the Camera.

The mainstage and studio seasons provide considerable performance opportunities for acting concentration candidates. The department produces eight theatre productions each season with a varied repertory of dramatic styles. With their extensive national and international connections, the faculty facilitates professional summer performance opportunities with national and international theatre companies, including our Colorado Shakespeare Festival Actor’s Internship. Additionally, all MFA actors have the opportunity to participate in The Bridge Project, professional productions that feature UA performers, which has produced six Off Broadway plays, two feature films, two documentary films, and four productions in Havana, Cuba with the Cuban Ministry of Culture.

As many of our graduates go on to pursue professional careers, UA Theatre and Dance is committed to assisting with that transition through organizing internships and seeking local theatrical and film casting opportunities. In addition, our graduates have the opportunity secure AEA and SAG talent agent representation through our New York Showcase.

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This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Curriculum

MFA Acting Concentration Curriculum

More Information

If you are interested in the audition and application process, please email Professor Seth Panitch, Head of MFA/BFA Acting at spanitch@ua.edu.

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For more information about the university application, please visit the Graduate School website. .