Majors & Concentrations

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance: Acting

Department of Theatre & Drama

Designed to train talented and purposeful students for the physical and mental demands of theatre, the program focuses on developing acting, voice, movement, and stage combat skills while also providing a solid liberal arts education.


The Bachelor in Fine Arts in Theatre Performance: Acting requires a minimum of 122 credits: coursework is 67% within SMTD and 33% within the liberal arts. Performance training focuses on basic action/objective principles, improvisation, classical and contemporary theatre, collaboration and ensemble. The core curriculum includes acting, voice and speech, dialects, movement and stage combat classes that allow students to test for Society of American Fight Directors adjudicated skills proficiency.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Acting
  • Theatre History
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Technical Theatre
  • Production Practicum
  • Dialects
  • Stage Combat
  • Movement
  • Physical Theatre
  • Voice
  • Script Analysis
  • Studio

Liberal Arts coursework to include:

Freshman Writing, Shakespeare’s plays, Upper-level writing, foreign language or tested proficiency, and academic electives from across the U-M

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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Priscilla Lindsay Chair, acting, directing
Daniel Cantor acting, directing
José Casas playwriting
Antonio Cuyler guest artist
Gary Decker scenic & lighting design
Antonio Disla guest artist
Gillian Eaton acting
Anita Gonzalez global theatre
Jessica Hahn costume design
Amy E. Hughes theatre history
Holly Hughes performance art
Kevin Judge guest artist
Tzveta Kassabova movement
Ashley Lucas Prison Creative Arts Project
Janet Maylie acting
Judith Moreland guest artist
Rob Murphy scenic and lighting design
Christianne Myers costume design
Mbala Nkanga world performance, theatre studies
Sarah M. Oliver, costume design
Geoff Packard
Christina Traister acting, stage combat
Malcolm Tulip acting, directing, movement
Nancy Uffner stage management
E.J. Westlake theatre history

associated faculty
Toni Auletti scenic painting
Enoch Brater dramatic literature
Patrick Drone properties
Douglas Edwards technical theatre
Tommy Gomez
Jake Hooker
Andy Kirshner Interarts performance
Petra Kuppers performance studies
Jeffrey Kuras arts management
Richard Lindsay technical theatre
Henry Reynolds sound design