Students pursuing the BFA
will complete 48 credit hours
in the BFA core curriculum and
69 + credit hours in their area
of concentration, for a total
of approximately 117 credit hours.
Admission into the BFA program
is by audition/interview only.
The BFA in Theatre is a rigorous
and competitive program of study
for students interested in pursuing
careers in the professional theatre.
This pre-professional program
is designed to combine intensive
training with a liberal arts education.
All aspects of theatre—art,
craft, business and education—are
examined, with a focus on theatrical
The expanded curriculum of the
program embraces classes not only
in theatre, but in dance, art
The BFA curriculum is designed
to immerse students in the practicalities
of theatre production and the
theatre world. Conservatory style
training is augmented by traditional
academic studies in theatre history,
literature, criticism and play
The overall objectives of the
BFA in Theatre at WOU are as follows:
To provide a
rigorous pre-professional BFA
theatre training program to
talented and qualified aspiring
To create university
theatrical productions of the
which challenge student artists
and audiences with plays of
depth and vibrancy that illuminate
the strengths, frailties and
diversity of the human condition.
and maintain education and outreach
programs for all
ages consistent with the artistic
mission of the department.
To play a vital
role in the cultural life of
the Willamette Valley, Salem
and the region.
BFA Core Curriculum (48 Credit Hours)
TA 165 Production Dynamics (3)
TA 166 Text Analysis and Scene Study (3)
TA 167 Play Reading (3)
TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft (3)
TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting (3)
TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming (3)
TA 265 Acting I or TA 251 Elements of Acting (3)
TA 364 Play Direction (3)
Chose Five: (15)
TA 381 Greek, Roman and Medieval Theatre
TA 382 Renaissance Theatre
TA 383 European Theatre 1660-1875
TA 384 European Theatre 1875-Present
TA 385 American Theatre
TA 386 International Theatre
TA 395, 396, 397 Special Studies—Plays in Progress (6)
TA 453 Capstone Experience (3)
BFA Actor Training (69 Credit Hours)
D Beginning Dance Sequence (3)
TA 205 Stage Speech I (3)
TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup (3)
TA 253 Production Workshop: Play (5)
TA 255 Physical Studio I (3)
TA 261 Physical Studio II (3)
TA 271 Acting II (3)
TA 290 Voice I (3)
TA 305 Stage Speech II (3)
TA 351 Voice II (3)
TA 353 Production Workshop: Play (5)
TA 360 Contemporary Audition (3)
TA 368 Physical Studio III (3)
TA 370 Acting for the Camera (3)
TA 371 Acting III (4)
TA 394 Acting IV (4)
TA 405 Acting Shakespeare (3)
TA 420 Acting V (3)
TA 432 Styles I: Modernism (3)
TA 433 Styles II: Restoration/Manners (3)
TA 437 Acting Shakespeare II (3)
A minor is not required for a B.F.A. in Theatre.
Note:. A combined total of twelve (12) credit hours in Mathematics, Computer Science or designated statistics courses is required for this degree. A minimum of one course in Mathematics and one course in Computer Science is required; any remaining required credit hours may be from either discipline or statistics. MTH 105, and CS 101 may not be used to meet any portion of this twelve (12) credit requirement.
To be considered for the BFA Program all students must:
- Submit an application to the Western Oregon University BFA prior to the scheduled audition/interview date. Auditions are at the beginning of Fall term every year.
- Download application here. Example of resume.
- Have taken or be in the process of taking TA 165 Production Dynamics and TA 166 Text Analysis. (Transfer students must consult with an advisor.)
- Submit the following:
- Letter of intent, providing highlights of previous theatre experience and plans for future development.
- Recommendation numbers from one or two teachers or directors or other theatre professionals familiar with the students work and potential.
The above must be submitted at least one day prior to the scheduled audition/interview date.
Acting Audition Preparation:
- Prepare two monologues of not more than two minutes each. Do not exceed four minutes in total.
- Bring current head shot or picture (black and white).
- Monologues must be memorized.
- Monologues may be chosen from any time period and should offer as much contrast as possible. One of the monologues must be from a contemporary realistic play. Choose roles in which you could be cast professionally at this point in your career and which show you off to your best advantage. Do not attempt roles out of your current age range and roles with European dialects.
- On the day of the audition, arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time of registration and general session. Dress appropriately in comfortable clothes. At the conclusion of your audition, you will be interviewed by the screening committee. The combined length of the interview audition is approximately twenty minutes.
Once enrolled in the program, all BFA Actor Training majors are required to audition for all department productions. Continuation in the program is determined by an annual review process.