Theatre: Acting

Western Michigan University's theatre acting program offers a wide range of opportunities with focus on vocal and physical development, script analysis and acting theory. It will give you a broad study of the theatre arts, strengthen your performance skills, and provide you with ample opportunities for on-stage experience.

As a theatre acting student, you will take concentrated courses in movement, voice and speech, and scene study. The acting classes cover all genres of theatre and film and are designed with a personalized focus in mind.

Beyond the classroom

If you choose to major in theatre acting at WMU, you will receive varied performance opportunities in the Department of Theatre's nine-show season, which offers experience in three different theatre spaces. On-stage experience is also provided through department-supported, student-directed Footlight productions, directing classes, and the New Play Project offered each summer. Several professional and summer stock companies conduct on-campus auditions, and you will also have the chance to showcase your talent for industry agents and casting directors from New York and Chicago.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in theatre acting are working as:

  • Actors
  • Directors
  • Voiceover artists
  • Casting directors
  • Agents
  • Producers
  • Teachers

Alumni work in the states and abroad in touring productions. They can be seen in:

  • Broadway productions
  • Films
  • Television shows
  • Major regional theatres
  • Cruise ship productions

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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