Fredonia students on stage in a production of The Great Comet

Acting Program at Fredonia

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting offers pre-professional training in a variety of classical and contemporary acting techniques, while also providing students with practical, hands-on experience in many aspects of theatre, from performance to direction to production. The program prepares students for a wide range of professions within the theatrical and entertainment fields, and helps students find individual pathways to success.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia offers a supportive, collaborative, and creative environment. Students also receive the freedom to explore a wide variety of interests and focus on individual development and growth. Fredonia will show you there’s more to life than Broadway.

Career Opportunities for Acting

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Producer
  • Theatre Education
  • Creative Research & Development
  • Theatre Historian/Critic/Scholar
Audition Information

It's Different Here

Full Accreditation

We’re fully accredited by the National Arts Accrediting Associations in Music, Theatre, and Art and Design.


Alumni recommend the program

94% of responding alumni said they would recommend attending Fredonia for Theatre and Dance.

Top level training

Training and performance on par with top conservatories and the core academics of a liberal arts institution.

Why Acting at Fredonia?

Alumna Jen Cody teaching students

Access to guests artists

Guest artists have included successful Fredonia alums such as Jen Cody (above), Dave Ebert, Carl Cofield, head of graduate acting at NYU, and Qui Nguyen, playwright for "She Kills Monsters"

stage fighting class

Stage combat training

Students can become certified in stage combat through the Society of American Fight Directors.

opera performance

Amazing facilities

The Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center features a 1,100-seat concert hall, proscenium and black box theatres, art galleries, and a dance theatre.

Sample Courses

THEA 424 The Business of Acting

Intensive study of skills needed by actors to increase their marketability in today's theatre.

THEA 242 Acting Studio: Introduction to Voice and Movement

Designed to support the actor in freeing the voice/body and imagination for creative response. Physical/vocal awareness and ability are enhanced through the exploration of relaxation, alignment, flexibility, strength, breath, sound, and resonance.

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