BFA Acting Program
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting is a competitive and comprehensive pre-professional program combining fundamental and cutting-edge actor training.
Taught by current industry professionals, BFA Acting is both a nurturing and rigorous environment offering diverse perspectives in the craft of acting and insight into a career in entertainment. With studio classes, performance opportunities and personal attention all in the heart of New York City, our BFA Acting Program offers a unique and thrilling experience for the young actor who is interested in developing skills and strengthening discipline together into a cohesive synthesis.
A NEW APPROACH
The industry is changing and at Pace we change with it. Not only do we value the rich history and traditions of theater and entertainment, we also aim to include current trends with the professionals who are on the cutting edge of what’s hot in the business. We offer rigorous training while providing you performance opportunities to explore how process becomes product.
Your talent and unique voice is what you offer and we want to cultivate your individual creative spirit enabling you to be the best version of who you are and what you offer. Our approach is a balance of process (the work) and product (the results). With small class sizes and enriched curriculum our conservatory-type training ensures you receive the individual attention you need to grow as an artist and performer while achieving academic success.
A WORKING FACULTY
Our faculty is comprised of New York based and world renowned professionals who have the opportunity to work in the business and also posses the desire to educate young artists. We search to engage faculty who are not only invested in developing young talent but who are vested in providing unique opportunities beyond the traditional classroom settings. As a result your professors are: award winning directors, major motion picture actors, Broadway company members, casting directors, or artistic directors; founding members of their own companies or producers of their own work.
A CHANCE TO PERFORM
The Department of Performing Arts produces over 50 productions a year in one of our many performance spaces, including musicals, plays, dance concerts, and performance labs that develop new, cross-discipline works. We believe that an audience is a key element to the development of the performing artist.
Each year the Acting Programs collaborate with the world famous La Mama Etc. in the heart of New York’s East Village offering unique opportunities for student actors to explore experimental approaches to the work. Each spring we honor a playwright by presenting selected works; past playwrights have included, Slavomir Mrozek, Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard, Lanford Willson and Irene Fornes.
The Pace New Works Initiative is modeled after the Sundance Lab in Utah and the O’Neil Theater center in Connecticut, and aims to be a home where major American artists can explore and develop new works incorporating Pace Performing Arts Majors. The projects are chosen each year through a national submission process.
A CHANCE TO CONNECT
Pace is strategically located - our New York City campus is at the pulse of the theater community where you begin building your career network the day you arrive at Pace, not the day you graduate. With faculty agreement and guidance, students are permitted to seek out professional oppotunities while still enrolled in the program.
Our guest directors and master class artists are some of the top minds in the field. Recent visiting artists include Jack O’Brien, Michael Grief, David Stone, Joanna Gleason, Adam Guettel, Jerry Mitchell, Stephen Flaherty, Rachel Chavkin.