Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program receive a balanced training in the areas associated with theatre performance: voice, movement and acting. They develop their performance skills through exploration of various methods of acting, introduction and study of genre and dramatic repertoire, participation and experience in staged productions.
All prospective theatre (THR) majors must audition and be accepted into the program as well as apply for acceptance to The University of Tampa.
Auditions are scheduled during October, November and February scheduled Admission Open House events. Anyone who cannot attend such events, but would prefer to audition while on campus, should arrange an audition appointment with Associate Professor Michael Staczar, director of the theatre program, at (813) 257-3987. We suggest that students interested in entering in the fall semester should schedule an audition prior to the beginning of March, so as to meet financial aid deadlines/etc. as prescribed by the University. Students may also audition for the program at the Florida Theater Conference (FTC) and the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). These organizations hold secondary school auditions for high school juniors and seniors and community college students.
Students should prepare the following materials for the audition process
- One contemporary monologue—comic—not to exceed 1:30 minutes
- One contemporary monologue—dramatic—not to exceed 1:30 minutes
- One classical monologue—preferably Shakespeare*—not to exceed 2:00 minutes
* If you prefer not to perform a Shakespearian selection, a monologue that is pre-eighteenth century will be a suitable alternative.
Prospective students should also be prepared to discuss any prior dance/movement training. If deemed necessary, you may be asked to participate in a movement or improvisation audition. Should a prospective student reside more than 100 miles from the University, we will accept a videotape/DVD audition, which must include the materials as listed above.
Topics of Study
- career development audition seminar
- world theatre
- play analysis
- stage management and design for actors
- roles in national touring companies
- roles in films
- roles in regional professional theatres
- full-time work at local theme parks
Experiential Learning Opportunities
- musical theatre productions
- dramatic theatre productions
- in-residence workshops with established theatre artists
- internship opportunities with a local theme park or theatre company
- Alpha Psi Omega (dramatic fraternity)