Acting (BFA/MFA)

Have you ever walked out of a playhouse or movie theater feeling completely different than when you walked in? That is the power that theater artists havethey not only stimulate our empathic imagination but also to remind us of our inexhaustible potential as human beings.
The Acting Program at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts offers an integrated and
challenging 3.5-year course of study for serious students who aspire to a career as a professional actor.
  • Personal attention is assured as classes are limited in size.
  • A faculty of outstanding master teachers and professional artists track each student’s progress. Acting, Voice, Speech and Movement constitute the program’s integrated core, augmented by courses in Clown, Script Analyses, Performance Ensemble, Dialects and Acting for the Camera.
  • An innovative foundation in Theater History, Costume History and Global Perspectives on theater theory and theater-making in the past and in the 21st century.
The acting program also features a one-of-a-kind training opportunity with the third year spent at Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe in London immersed in the study of classical Acting culminating with a performance on the Globe stage.

The goal of the program is to graduate actors who are equipped for the rigorous demands of the contemporary stage as well as television and film. To that end, the final semester is focused on an effective transition into the professional world; with classes and workshops in On-Camera Technique, Auditioning and Introduction to the Life of a Working Actor.