BFA Acting

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting is designed to prepare students for success in the professional theatre industry. By combining conservatory-style training with a strong liberal arts education, our students explore, develop, and hone their craft to become well-rounded artists with valuable skill sets that will prepare them for professional success.

Plan of Study

Core Learning Goals

Our core learning goals have been woven into all aspects of this rigorous four-year program from classroom and studio work, to rehearsals and productions in our mainstage season.

  • Technique
  • Analysis
  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration



Blood Wedding



Performance Opportunities

Performance opportunities are available to students beginning in their first semester. All BFA performance majors are required to audition for our mainstage season and freshmen are eligible for casting. Additional performance opportunities may include:

  • Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, a student run theatre company
  • The Annual Children’s Show
  • Student Cabarets
  • The New Musicals Initiative
  • Faculty Developed Works






Why Choose Millikin?

There are a number of things that help set Milllikin apart from other schools:

  • Small school environment
  • First-rate faculty
  • National reputation
  • Individualized attention
  • Faculty/student mentorships and collaborations
  • Senior professional development experience (showcase)
  • Master classes with working professionals
  • Study abroad in our London Semester
  • Shakespeare Corrected
  • New Musicals Initiative


Rough Magic



Mainstage Season

Millikin’s mainstage season provides performance majors with many opportunities to gain valuable onstage experience.  A typical season will include:

  • 2 musicals
  • 2 plays
  • 1 dance concert
  • In alternating seasons an opera co-produced with the School of Music or a 3rd play







The Millikin Difference

The small school environment at Millikin University offers students many advantages including:

  • Individualized attention
  • Studio classes capped at 16
  • Annual progress evaluations
  • Faculty/student mentorships and collaborations
  • Interactions with students from other disciplines 




Acting, BFA Required Courses

The BFA in Theatre: Acting Concentration requires 124 total credits to graduate, 79 of which must be in the major. In addition to completing the University Studies requirements, students must also complete the following.

Dance/Movement (8 credits)

  • TH145. Beginning Movement I (1)
  • TH146. Beginning Movement II (1)
  • TH364. Advanced Movement for Actors (3)
  • Dance/movement electives (3 credits)

Voice Requirements (6 credits)

  • TH240. Voice for the Stage (3)
  • TH241. Advanced Voice (3)

Acting Requirements (27 credits)

  • TH141. Acting I (3)
  • TH142. Acting II (3)
  • TH341. Advanced Acting: Shakespeare (3)
  • TH345. Acting: Advanced Scene Study I (3)
  • TH346. Acting: Advanced Scene Study II (3)
  • TH348. Acting for Camera (3)
  • TH448. Advanced Acting Professional Preparation (3)
  • Acting Electives (6)

Additional Requirements (38 credits)

  • TH101. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH131. Play Analysis (3)
  • TH 201. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH242. Theatrical Make-up (1)
  • TH301. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH321. Directing I (3)
  • TH335. History of Theatre and Drama I (3)
  • TH336. History of Theatre and Drama  II (3)
  • Dramatic Literature/Theory/Criticism (6 credits)
  • Technical Theatre Requirement (3)
  • Theatre Electives (13 credits)