BROOKLYN COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT OF THEATER





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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS
ACTING

CONTACT
Patrick Sabongui
Program Head

patrick.sabongui@brooklyn.cuny.edu

315A Whitehead Hall
718-951-5000 x2768

Assistant to Patrick Sabongui
BFAActing@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718-951-5000 x6263

Speech & Debate (Brooklyn College 2016)
DNA (Brooklyn College 2016)
When We Wake Up Dead (Brooklyn College 2016)
Almost Maine (Brooklyn College 2014)

 

The BFA Acting program at Brooklyn College is a conservatory style, ensemble-based training sequence. Grounded in the Stanislavski System, modern approaches facilitate classical training for the contemporary actor. Specialty approaches are employed with an eye toward instrument integration, and include Rodenburg technique, Alexander technique, improvisation, Laban, Butoh, speech and dialects, solo performance, stage combat, the business of acting, and acting for the camera.

BC BFA Actors follow a progressive structure of performance study that enables each artist to discover and develop their personal instrument and technique. Integrated approaches build emotional stamina while developing vocal, physical, and intellectual agility. Exploration, analysis, and rehearsal of contemporary works progresses to contemporary realism, which deepens into modern realism and carries through heightened classical text and Shakespeare.

10–12 student actors per year comprise an ensemble, which moves through the course of training together. The incredible diversity within the ensemble reflects Brooklyn — and the world at large — which allows a broader base of contemporary material for study and performance, as well as exciting opportunities through which to examine period text.

The BFA Acting program reaps the benefit of Brooklyn College’s proximity to New York City. The faculty is comprised of Tony nominees, Obie award winners, Fulbright scholars, professional actors, casting directors, and award-winning authors who bring their diverse experience and knowledge to our students and productions. The Department of Theater produces eight or nine shows annually, directed by faculty, professional guest artists, and MFA Directing candidates. Students train and perform in the new state-of-the-art Leonard & Claire Tow Performing Arts Center. The BC Department of Theater and The Public Theater have a relationship that facilitates deeper engagement in the craft with some of the world’s most exciting artists and theater-makers in the business, even after graduation.

The efficient conservatory style three-year program design allows transfer students to enter the focused training program immediately, while providing students that are entering university life for the first time the opportunity to engage within the department as they settle in to the significant challenges, and change of lifestyle, entering college presents. The BFA Acting program fits within a strong four-year liberal arts-based course of study, which follows the CUNY core curriculum, ensuring a well-rounded university education and experience.

BC BFA Acting graduates enter the professional workforce fully prepared for a career as an actor. In the final semester, eligible students produce and present an Actors' Showcase in Manhattan to introduce them to industry professionals, including representation, professional companies, and casting agencies.


PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES & REQUIREMENTS

All BFA Acting students have the opportunity to perform in mainstage productions, which are presented in one of three performance spaces: Don Buchwald Theater (proscenium stage), New Workshop Theater (black box/arena stage), and Studio 307 (a flexible studio space). After the first semester of BFA training, all BFA actors are required to audition for departmental productions and accept roles as cast. Each student will develop and perform a Thesis Role in their final season of training and write a thesis about their personal process as a Capstone Project.


ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

BFA Acting students must achieve a grade of "‘C" or better in their program classes to maintain forward progress in the BFA Acting program.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Deadline for Applications: January 22 (January 1 for international students)
Self-Tape and Unique W.A.Y. Tapes: February 14
Zoom Callbacks/Interviews: February 27 and February 28

All BFA Acting applicants must submit a completed application to CUNY Admissions prior to applying to the BFA in Acting. Upon submission of the CUNY application, BFA Acting applicants must submit the Supplemental Application directly to the BFA Acting program via email. Please pay strict attention to independent deadlines and destinations for each package. If a student does not get accepted into Brooklyn College, they cannot be accepted into the BFA Acting program.

For more information about the BFA Acting program, please click the Info Packet link below.

To download the BFA Acting application, including application guidelines, please click the Supplemental Application link below.

BFA Acting Info Pack (Brooklyn College) BFA Acting Info Packet
BFA Acting Application (Brooklyn College) BFA Acting Supplemental Application


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