Marymount Manhattan

BFA in Acting

The BFA in Acting major is an intensive program that prepares students for acting careers in the professional theatre both in New York and regionally. This major offers education and training in contemporary realistic acting and period styles, culminating in a year of Shakespeare training. Our BFA in Acting is a unique 60-credit hour BFA program. Most conservatory style BFA programs require 90-credit hours in theatre to receive the degree and thus are not able to offer the kind of liberal arts education that Marymount Manhattan provides to prepare students for the wide range of drama presented in the professional theatre. image 

BFA in Acting majors are exposed to a wide variety of playwrights and acting styles in the four year-long acting courses:

Acting I: contemporary writers such as Neil LaBute, Tony Kushner, Naomi Wallace, and August Wilson.

Acting II: classic American writers such as Arthur Miller, Cliford Odets, Tennessee Williams, and Lillian Hellman.

Acting III: 19th and 20th Century modern realism writers such as Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov, and the comic styles of Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and Noël Coward.

Acting IV: Shakespeare and Restoration.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Photo by Susan Cook)A Midsummer Night's Dream (Photo by Susan Cook)
Additionally, BFA in Acting majors take a full-year of movement for the actor and voice & speech courses.

The growth and achievement of students is monitored each year through scene work presented to the performance faculty for evaluation.

BFA in Acting students are required to audition for all main stage productions presented in the Theresa Lang Theatre and for student directed Directing Projects.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR a BFA in Acting

THTR 110 Stagecraft  
THTR 215 Script Analysis  
THTR 202-203 Voice & Speech for the Actor   
THTR 211 & 212 Acting I  
THTR 223-224 Movement for Actors  
THTR 230-231 Theatre History  
THTR 341 & 342 Acting II
Dramatic Literature Course 300/400 level
THTR 305 Elements of Directing
THTR 311 Shakespeare
THTR 352-353 Acting III
THTR 431-432 Acting IV
THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Drama & Theatre

  • Matthew Land
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  • John Basil
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    Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

  • David Mold
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    Professor of Theatre Arts
    Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts

  • Patricia Simon
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

    Coordinator for Musical Theatre Program

  • Christopher Parrish
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  • Sydney Maresca
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    Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

  • Mary Fleischer
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    Professor of Theatre Arts
    Chair, Department of Theatre Arts

  • Kevin Connell
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Recruiter for Theatre Arts

    KEVIN CONNELL is currently a Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where he serves as Coordinator of Junior and Senior Acting and Recruiter for the Department of Theatre Arts. He attended The Ohio State University (B.F.A.) and the University of California, San Diego (M.F.A.).
  • Ray Recht
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

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  • Jill Stevenson
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Christine Riley
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    Visiting Instructor

  • Ellen Orenstein
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

    Ellen Orenstein is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and the Coordinator for Freshman/Sophomore Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Washington.
  • Barbara Adrian
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

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