Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting
The BFA in Acting is for the student who aspires to an acting career. This well-rounded pre-professional
curriculum includes applied training in acting, movement, voice and dance, as well
as academically-oriented courses like dramatic theory, history and literature. All
students will also be exposed to the technical and design areas through coursework
and production experiences. In addition to intensive coursework, BFA actors often
have the opportunity to apply their craft on stage in our active production season.
This degree is overseen by Thomas Quinn.
Main Stage Productions
Each year, the School of Theatre Arts produces three to four mainstage plays and two
musicals or a dance concert. These fully designed shows are directed by faculty or
guest directors and rotate between classic theatre such as Shakespeare, Spanish Golden
Age and Greek and Roman plays; American Realism such as Ibsen, Inge, Williams and
more contemporary works by global playwrights.
Lab Theatre and May Term
The School of Theatre Arts mounts four to five additional shows each year in the E.
Melba Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre. These fully supported productions are either
faculty directed or student directed and include a variety of shows, usually with
smaller cast size.
Offered ever other spring, the play workshop class is the student's opportunity to
workshop a new play with the input of the playwright. The playwright spends class
time discussing the play with students and making changes and cuts as the play develops
and grows in this laboratory experience.
Each year, School of Theatre students are given the opportunity to take an on camera
acting class. This class prepares students for commercial, television and film work.
Actors train for the specific skills needed for the camera and can analyze their performances
on film. Casting directors often visit this class to discuss the what the industry
is looking for.
▷Acting Course Plan
|Carly Stocking, BFA Acting '10
Credits include; Capital Fringe Festival '10 - Amy in "Tape;" B Street, CA - Helen
of Troy in "7 Wonders of the World School Tour," Cinderella in "Cinderella" (premier),
Miep in "Extraordinary Things Through the Eyes of Anne Frank" (premier), Helen in
"Bob" (west coast premier), Jack in "11:11" (west coast premier)
Nolan Kennedy, BFA Acting '07
Off-Broadway's THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAVELING ALL-STAR WAR MACHINE conceived the by
Irondale Ensemble Project, based on selected entries in Lewis Lapham's journal 'Lapham's
|Mariann Mayberry, BFA Acting '87
Mariann has been an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1993.
While at Steppenwolf she was nominated for a Jeff Award for Actress in a Supporting
Role in a Play for" Time of My Life," and again for Actress in a Principal Role in
a Play for" Hysteria," directed by John Malkovich
"As a young man leaving my home in Newport News, VA for the first time, I found IWU
to be the perfect environment for the transition. I always found a tremendous amount
of love coming from the students, faculty and IWU community at large, not to mention
a first rate education."
Frankie R. Faison '71
2008 Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor for the film The Visitor). 1993, 2005, 2007
IWU Alumni Guest Artist.
Richard Jenkins '69