Acting & Directing (BA)

Acting & Directing (BA)

Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: February 15
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: $40
Intakes: Fall
International tuition: $34,198
Domestic tuition: $34,198

Program overview

As part of the theatre and dance experience at Samford, School of the Arts students share an innovative curriculum, Catalyst, which is designed for the next generation of artists. The Catalyst structure provides a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment for students to prepare for today's job market while developing skills to fulfill meaningful vocations. The program culminates in an immersive senior Catalyst project, providing a professional-level experience. Acting The acting sequence offers a series of techniques and ideas that allow students to customize their craft to fit their objectives and roles. This training is combined with course work in critical and historical studies, stagecraft, technical theatre, scenic design, costume and lighting. All undergraduate students in the department (from any sequence) are able to audition for all departmental productions in our main stage season. In addition, each semester there are casting opportunities in student directing projects, as well as in student created independent projects in our Underground Season. Directing Our directing students learn to analyze texts, make conceptual choices and guide actors in the rehearsal process. Experiences as assistant directors for faculty and student directed productions offer the opportunity to learn and gain practical knowledge. Most importantly, our student directors discover an artistic voice through direct work with actors not only in the classroom, but also in ten-minute and one act directing projects presented each semester in our studio theatre spaces as part of the directing curriculum, and through the student directed Underground Season. Productions Our main stage season produces seven shows a year in a variety of spaces featuring a mix of classical and contemporary shows. In addition, we have a complete student directed second season called Underground, which features contemporary plays chosen by students, which can speak to topics of interest. Students also have the opportunity to act or direct in the Ten-Minute Play Festival every fall and the One Act Play Festival each spring. Internships Students can work on internships during the semester with local theatre companies. Many students also use their summer break to complete internships with regional professional theatres. Some recent internships include: The Prizery, Virginia • Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina • Barter Theatre, Virginia •Telsey & Co., New York • Lexington Children’s Theatre, Kentucky• Charleston Stage• Orlando Shakespeare Festival

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



In order to apply for admission to the School of the Arts, undergraduate students must apply to Samford University through the Office of Admission and have declared a major within the School of the Arts. Follow these steps and timeline to ensure that you submit the required materials and meet appropriate deadlines: Submit The Common Application or Samford University Application declaring a major within the Department of Theatre and Dance. Submit the Theatre Application which will appear on your Application Status Page checklist once you have declared a major in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Materials required in the application include an artistic and academic resume and headshot. Request an onsite audition/interview within the Theatre Application. Confirmation of your audition/interview is received in approximately two weeks after submitting the Theatre Application. Sample Audition Weekend Schedule

Career opportunities

Our students go on to work professionally in theatre as actors, directors, designers, stage managers and technicians at all levels from Broadway to regional theatre, children’s theatre, and in film and television. In addition, graduates also pursue careers as teachers, coaches, producers, and critics. In addition, many graduates continue their studies at prestigious at schools such as New York University, Columbia University, Louisiana State University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Georgia and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 99% of School of the Arts undergraduate students were employed or pursuing continuing education within six months of graduation.

Campus location

Homewood , United States

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