School of Theatre, Television and Film

Theatre – BA Emphasis in Performance (Acting and Musical Theatre)

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Our BA Emphasis in Performance degree prepares students for excellence in every aspect of theatre with a myriad of performance opportunities!  Our program is structured to involve students in all aspects of theatre, while giving the flexibility to students to choose their own path of discovery. Within this degree you can train in acting, musical theatre, or your own combination of both.

This emphasis allows for flexibility and a broad scope to your education. It meant for the intellectually curious and for the actor who feels that they are more than their resume and headshot.  This is why BA Performance majors are required to have an International Experience. This can be study abroad or experience abroad, and may not be satisfied with a domestic class. The international requirement is one of the many factors that lead to the opening up of creative minds.

Theatre is an immensely rewarding major.  Through the art of theatre, we experience works of some of the greatest writers, thinkers, and artists our civilization has ever known. Employers actively seek the skills offered by theatre degree:  creative thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, a goal-oriented approach to projects, superior communication skills, an ability to handle deadline pressures, effective time-management, and independent thinking and initiative.

HOW TO APPLY

Prospective students wishing to major in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Performance must audition. Students who wish to apply to SDSU with a general Theatre Arts emphasis are not required to audition.

For prospective performance majors, the application is a two-step process:

  1. First you need to apply to SDSU using the Cal State Apply application during the SDSU filing period. At the time of the application, select your Pre-Major as “Theatre – Performance (662595).” Visit the Office of Admissions website for information about applying to the school. There is a non-refundable filing fee of $55 that must be paid at the time of your SDSU application.
  2. Next you need to upload your audition through the Acceptd audition website platform between October 1 and January 20. There you will asked to upload a headshot, a resume and one of two video audition packages, based on whether your focus of training will be acting or musical theatre. Visit the Acceptd audition website.

Overall
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

Slate

  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

Audition Option #1 – ACTING

Monologues

    Students should prepare 2-contrasting monologues
  • One monologue should be contemporary realism and the other a classical or heightened language piece. Introduce both monologues at the beginning of your audition. Total audition time: 3 minutes.

Audition Option #2 - MUSICAL THEATRE

Songs

    Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:
  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

Monologue

  • 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
  • Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

There is a non-refundable application fee of $30 that must be paid at the time of your Acceptd audition upload.

If the $30 application fee is burdensome, there is a limited amount of scholarship assistance to help defray this cost. Please contact Peter Cirino for more information at pcirino@sdsu.edu.

If you are denied admission based on your performance audition, you cannot apply to SDSU again until the following academic year.
For questions about the audition process, please contact our professors:

CURRICULUM

The Theatre Arts major is an impacted program. Students are admitted as Performance pre-majors, and must complete the following requirements before advancing into the major:
Students must satisfy the following requirements before advancing from pre-major into the major:

  • Performance majors are required to participate in General Auditions each semester, attend callbacks, and perform as cast in Department productions
  • THEA 111, 120, 130, 231, and 240 must be completed with a grade of C or higher
  • THEA 111, 130, and 332 must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Check for prerequisites: You must have completed the prerequisites for the course for which you are registering


PREPARATION for the Major: 21 units
__ TFM 160 - Cinema as Art, 3 units
__ THEA 111 - Voice and Movement, 3 units
__ THEA 120 - Heritage of Storytelling, 3 units
__ THEA 130 - Acting I, 3 units
__ THEA 205 - The American Musical on Stage & Screen, 3 units
__ THEA 231 - Acting II, 3 units
__ THEA 240 - Design and Technology for Theatre, 3 units
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MAJOR: Upper Division Requirements
__ THEA 325 - Script Analysis , 3 units
__ THEA 332 - Advanced Acting, 3 units
__ THEA 355 - Movement for the Theatre, 2 units
__ THEA 446 A - Practicum in Stagecraft (Running Crew-Sets, Lights), 2 units
__ THEA 446 B - Practicum in Stagecraft (Running Crew-Costumes), 2 units
__ THEA 446 C - Practicum in Performance (maximum credit 16 units), 2 units
__ THEA 460 A - History of the Theatre, 3 units
__ THEA 460 B - History of the Theatre, 3 units


AND twelve units (12) to be selected from:
__ THEA 320A - Advanced Voice & Text for Actors, 3 units
__ THEA 350 - Musical Theatre Performance I, 3 units
__ THEA 351 - Musical Theatre Performance II, 3 units
__ THEA 359 - Directing I, 3 units
__ THEA 431 - Workshop in Improvisational Acting, 3 units
__ THEA 434 - Audition & Business Skills for the Actor, 3 units
__ THEA 435 - Acting on Camera , 3 units
__ THEA 450 - Musical Theatre Performance III, 3 units
__ THEA 451 - Musical Theatre Performance IV, 3 units
__ THEA 532 - Advanced Topics in Stage and Screen, 3 units
__ THEA 533 A - Theories and Styles in Acting and Directing, 3 units

Total Upper Division Units: 32


AND the International Experience Requirement.
This is a study abroad or experience abroad, may not be satisfied with a domestic class.
To be selected from:
__ an SDSU faculty-led trip from the College of Extended Studies
__ CSU/SDSU Study Abroad Program
__ ISEP Exchange Program
__ SDSU Semester Abroad Program
__ SDSU Study Travel Program
__ Theatre Independent Study Abroad, offered by an accredited institution (i.e.,  BADA, LAMDA, RADA)

For more information contact the Theatre Advisor:

Dr. Katie Turner, DA 204
(619) 594-4936
laura.turner@sdsu.edu


All Performance majors are required to participate in General Auditions each semester.
This checklist does not include your General Education requirements.
A minor is not required for this major.