Designed to prepare students for careers in professional theatre, the BFA Acting degree program is a four-year sequence of courses in acting, voice, movement and dance. Coursework is supplemented by a wide variety of public performances to provide students experience in different theatrical styles. Acting majors audition for mainstage and student workshop productions beginning in the second semester of your freshman year.
The first two years of your Otterbein experience focuses on self-exploration, script analysis, movement, voice production, diction, singing, characterization and discovery of personal working methods. Acting majors are required to take a year of dance, and may take more.
During the junior and senior years, emphasis is on development in styles from Shakespeare to film along with continued refinement of a skilled system of action.
The senior year is highlighted by a ten-week internship centered around the students' interest. Many take an internship with a professional casting director in New York City while others choose agents, directors and choreographers in Chicago, NYC or LA. Otterbein has relationships built with industry leaders in NYC that include, Telsey + Co, Jay Binder, Tara Rubin, Jim Carnahan (Roundabout Theatre), Michael Cassara Casting, Law & Order SVU, among others. Students function as readers for professional auditions, meet agents, directors and producers, and begin the process of networking with people in the profession. Acting majors are also eligible to participate in the Senior Showcase, produced in New York City for agents and casting directors in March.