Theatre & Stage Production FAQ
Q: What performance options do students have?
The actor training program is studio based and designed to guide students in the development of their technique. Performing is a regular part of studio work, but public performance is limited to juniors and seniors.
Q: How many shows do students do each year?
Juniors do two public performances, Junior Scenes and Musical Theatre, and one workshop performance, Shakespeare Scenes.
Seniors do three public performances, two main stage and one tour, and a performance in England in May.
Q: What types of plays do students perform?
The Theatre Department presents a mix of classical and contemporary plays.
Q: What is a jury?
A jury is a final exam in performance. Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are juried with scenes and monologues that have been prepared in class and rehearsed outside class and presented before a faculty panel.
Q: Are students cut from the program?
Students may be cut from the program if they consistently fail to meet our expectations for their effort in the studio.
Q: What supplies do students need?
Acting students need “warm-ups”. This should consist of sweat pants, a sweat shirt, short and a tee shirt that are neutral in color and without graphics. They also need a binder to be devoted to their Theatre classes.
Q: What is an “ensemble”?
Acting students are grouped in ensembles and take all their Theatre classes with this group. They remain with their ensemble all four years. The ensemble is a working unit, not a group of friends and is intended to provide an open and accepting creative environment for each student.
Q: What is the grading policy of the Theatre Department?
Students are graded on effort not talent. Our benchmark is the BCPSS definition for the letter grade “C” as “satisfactory”. In our program a student who comes to class every day and does the work that is required is doing satisfactory work. In order to attain a grade higher that “C” a student must exceed our expectations.
Q: Can students perform outside of school?
We allow students in good standing (arts and academic) to perform outside school. Each student must submit a complete rehearsal and performance schedule to the department before accepting a role.
Q: What is the average class size?
16 – 18 students.
Q: How are parts cast?
Students are assigned roles in productions by the faculty directors based on what casting the faculty feels will best serve the students’ individual artistic development.
Q: Do you offer musical theatre?
Musical Theatre is not a major at BSA, but the Theatre Department does offer Musical Theatre as a year long course for juniors.
Q: Where do graduates of the Acting Program go to college?
Our graduates have been accepted into the most competitive college-level conservatories in the country including: Julliard, NYU, University of Minnesota/Guthrie, SUNY Purchase, CalArts, Carnegie/Melon, North Carolina School for the Arts, and many others. We have also sent graduates to the finest four-year liberal arts programs including: Harvard, Brown, Smith College, Rutgers University, Columbia, Oberlin, as well as many state universities.