Our Acting program prepares you for life on stage. With training not only in acting but in movement and voice, you’ll hone your talents and become a well-rounded performer. In addition to the practical lessons you’ll learn, you’ll also gain a solid education in theories of acting, helping you understand your art and profession better.
- McCallum Theatre Majors enjoy a masterclass with performers and technicians from the national tour of The Lion King.
THEATER I: ACTING FUNDAMENTALS
This course introduces students the elements of theater. Basic concepts are presented through the use of exercises, improvisation, and mask work while incorporating historical and world theatre perspectives. Students develop the skills and freedom necessary to react spontaneously and honestly moment to moment.
- Prerequisite: Entry is by audition only.
THEATER II: ACTING CRAFT
This course combines the study of various acting techniques and analytical skills. Scripted material is introduced for study and interpretation. Audition skills, creative movement and speech are emphasized.
THEATER III: SCENE STUDY
This course focuses on developing the fundamental skills used in rehearsing and performing modern realistic plays. Through an exploration of various acting techniques, students acquire the tools and skills necessary for honest characterization. Character transformation, acting for film, speech, and essential playwrights are emphasized.
THEATER IV: DIRECTING
This course examines the role of the director in today’s theater through the analysis of various directing styles and techniques. Students concentrate on play selection, concept determination and development, auditions, scene staging, and the collaborative process of working with actors and designers. Outside production work is required. Practical techniques in the selection, direction, and performance of audition pieces are also covered.
- Prerequisites: Theater III and permission of the instructor.
- One year-long Dance class and one year-long Technical Theatre course are also required as part of this major.
- In addition Production Class 1-2 - Practicals of Production & Production Class 3-4 Honors - Practicals of Productions give students the opportunity to earn academic credit for their work in McCallum’s mainstage productions.
- Each theater major is also required to successfully complete assignments on production crews each semester. Crew assignments are made after casting and include production work in lighting, costume, scenery, rigging, props, running crew, and front-of-house operations. Failure to successfully complete production requirements will jeopardize a student’s standing as a theater major.