Acting (BFA)

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Program Description

It is our mission to train our future colleagues to become visionaries, creators and leaders in the next generation of American professional theatre.

Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts offers an intense four-year actor's training program leading to a BFA degree in acting or musical theatre. Both performance programs are based on a block of courses called the Conservatory. Complementing this program, musical theatre students take music and dance courses, and both acting and musical theatre students complete elective liberal arts courses that balance the curriculum and provide a well-rounded education.

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Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate an effective acting process that integrates:

  • A free and responsive vocal and physical instrument
  • Strong research and text analysis skills
  • A free and activated imagination
  • The ability to utilize a variety of dialects
  • The ability to improvise
  • The ability to work in a variety of styles and mediums
  • An understanding of theatre history
  • An understanding of cultural and historical forces that form the background for dramatic literature
  • The ability to use the tools of a director

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Special Requirements

Courses completed with a grade of D do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Auditions/interviews are required for all students planning major in theatre at Webster University. Auditions/interviews are held each year during the spring semester for entrance into the following fall session. Both on-campus and off-campus audition sites are available to prospective theatre students. No video auditions are accepted.

Degree Requirements

  • 83 required credit hours
  • 12 general education credit hours
  • 33 elective credit hours

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Required Courses

  • CONS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 3010, 3020, 4010, 4020 (The Conservatory sequence or its equivalent) (64 hours)
  • THEA 3710, 3720 Directing I, II (4 hours)
  • THEA 2030 History of the Theatre: Greeks to Elizabethan (3 hours)
  • THEA 2040 History of the Theatre: Restoration to 1915 (3 hours)
  • THEA 2050 History of Theatre: 1915 to Present (3 hours)
  • Six credit hours from the following areas:
    • Behavioral and Social Sciences: Prefixes - PSYC, ANTH, SOCI
    • General Studies: Prefix - GNST (excludes FRSH 1200-First Year Seminar)
    • History: Prefix - HIST

Recommended electives are to be accomplished by the end of the third year. The purpose is to provide the necessary opportunities to explore the variety of disciplines of study that naturally complement the student's theatre training. These areas are:

  • Musicianship/private voice or piano (3 hours)
  • Drama literature (3 hours)
  • Art or music history (3 hours)
  • Social sciences, behavioral science, philosophy,or religion (3 hours)

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