Students in Webster's acting program train for work in a wide array of venues. Voice, movement and acting are core to the curriculum every semester. Classes cover many styles, including period and contemporary realism, Chekhov and Ibsen, Shakespeare, Restoration, and Edwardian. Work in class prepares actors for both stage and film work. Our partnership with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis provides our acting students with an up-close introduction to professional theatre.
The Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts' performance training program leads to a BFA degree in either acting or musical theatre. Both acting and musical theatre students complete liberal arts requirements, providing a well-rounded education.
The first year of Conservatory is about discovery. Classes in acting, voice and speech, movement, stagecraft, text analysis, and make-up invite you to discover what it means to be an actor and establish the basis for a personal technique. Methods include centering and aligning, vocal production and phonetics, games, exercises, improvisation, and scene study. First-year students do not perform publicly, but do present scene work for the Conservatory at the end of the year.
The second year of Conservatory is about exploration. Through highly contrasting styles of dramatic literature, you stretch and strengthen the basic technique established during the first year. Classes in yoga, neutral mask, and physical characterization are added to the core of acting, and voice and speech. Second-year students join the casting pool and are now eligible to perform in the Conservatory season.
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Contact: Joanna Battles, head of recruitment for performance programs
“Many 'kids' are told doing any liberal arts are wrong — I want to end that stigma. I want (them) to see themselves through me, and ... be able to watch a movie and relate to a character that actually looks like them.”
Webster University Endowed Theatre Scholarship recipient
BFA in Acting
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