University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Theatre BFA - Acting


Mission Statement

The BFA Acting program at UWM is focused on uncovering the potential of the individual student & training student artists in the development of a personal performance practice.

The program’s curriculum is committed to developing a broad range of theatrical processes, including new work & an exploration of the canon of dramatic literature in fresh & innovative ways in order to give students a wide range of tools with which to speak to the contemporary moment & respond to the community within which they live. The BFA in acting builds on the objectives of the department’s core curriculum to develop within the student a deepened, strengthened and professional level of competency in acting skills and a sense of their own identity as a performing artist that prepares them for advanced graduate study in performance or entry into the profession of theatre practice.

Student Outcomes

  • An understanding of the essential theories utilized in acting, as well as an ability to use these theories effectively in their artistic expression.
  • A familiarity with and effective, competent practice in a variety of theatrical performance styles.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of voice production, as well as an ability to use these principles effectively in their artistic expression.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of speech and a flexible use of multiple speech techniques and various applications in their artistic expression.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of physical communication and the physical structures of character as well as the ability to apply these principles in their artistic expression.
  • Improved physical fitness, flexibility and over all stamina necessary for rehearsal and performance.
  • The development of a personal artistic process of preparation for and work in theatrical production.
  • The ability to function effectively and cooperatively as a member of a performance ensemble.
  • An understanding of the kinds of research - objective and subjective/affective - specific to an actor’s work, as well as a demonstrated ability to use these principles in the development of their artistic work.
  • An understanding and consistent application of the principles of Dramatic Action and Storytelling.
  • The ability to assess and critique their own creative work and be able to utilize the information gained in prescribing solutions and/or new directions for their artistic development.
  • An understanding of professional modes of behavior, preparation and competency as well as the ability to use these principles in all aspects of their artistic work.
  • An ability to effectively present oneself and one’s work for professional employment or advanced graduate study in a variety of audition formats.