BA in Acting

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BA in Acting

The BA in Acting–International Performance Ensemble (I.P.E.) major in the Pace School of Performing Arts is based on creative strategies for students to grow artistically and become first-rate performers. This is a one-of-a-kind BA theater program in the U.S. that trains the student in the development of an ensemble theater company. It also provides the young actor with the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally as part of exchange programs with companies and artists from all over the world. The first three years are dedicated to developing and performing devised projects through collaborative creation of theatrical pieces under the mentorship of established American and international theater professionals. Through this process, students are trained in the technique of ensemble work incorporating devised performance, design, movement, and text. The senior year will concentrate on each student’s artistic goal in order to create a successful and fulfilling career. The BA Acting major also offers a strong liberal arts component that helps nurtures well-rounded young artists whose goals are to enter the professional industry or continue on to graduate school.

A New Approach

The BA Acting curriculum is a progression of training that intensifies our students’ skills as actors/performers on two levels: one is working on technique: on skill, voice, body and coordination; second is inviting them into totally free improvisation. BA Acting students take classes such as Acting, Performance Ensemble, Vocal Production, Movement, Script Analysis, Theater History, World Theater, Theater for Social Change, Stage and Crew Management, Stage and Lighting Design, and much more.

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A Working Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of New York-based and world-renowned professionals who work in the business and also possess the desire to educate young artists. Your professors can be: award-winning directors, major motion picture actors, Broadway company members, casting directors, artistic directors, or founding members of their own companies.

Showcase Your Talent

At the Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) we believe that live performance is a key element in the training and development of young artists. PPA provides students the opportunity to perform in more than 50 productions a year (including plays, musicals, film shoots and dance concerts) in one of our many performance spaces. In addition, BA Acting students, along with BA Directors, have the unique opportunity to create original works beginning in freshman year and travel abroad with these devised theater works in their sophomore or junior year. BA Acting students also workshop original work numerous times in preparation for their NYC and international premieres.

A Chance To Connect

Every successful career is based as much on what you know as who you know. Our campus is rooted in New York City’s theater community, and you start to build relationships the day you arrive at the School of Performing Arts, not the day you graduate. With faculty approval and guidance, students are permitted to work on professional productions while still enrolled in school.

Become One of Us

All applicants must first read the complete audition requirements and then upload the required materials on Acceptd. If a callback has been issued, the second audition will require you to attend one of our on-campus or regional auditions (details below).

Applicants should prepare two contrasting monologues from published full-length plays. Each monologue should not exceed 90 seconds. These monologues should demonstrate your range and show contrast (e.g., comic/serious; contrasting character types; or stylized/realistic). The selections must be memorized and performed without a prompter or referring to the script. You may be asked how this “moment” fits into the play as a whole. Applicants will also be asked to participate in a movement workshop at the audition.

BA Acting auditions can last up to three hours, including the movement workshop.

Audition results are mailed from the School of Performing Arts after all audition dates have passed – usually in mid-March. Only students who have been admitted to Pace for academic study will receive audition result letters.