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Acting and Directing

In the Acting/Directing program, students receive hands-on, conservatory-style training in various acting methods, styles, and historical periods that provides students a broad understanding of acting and directing. A vigorous production season provides ample opportunity for on-stage experiences, and most Acting/Directing majors have significant performing experience by the end of their first year.

Southeastern has three different sized performance venues including Montgomery Auditorium in historical Morrison Hall, the Playhouse, and the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Theatre at Southeastern is connected to the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival – a professional theatre company.

Audition Requirements

For acceptance into the Acting/Directing program students must schedule and complete a Company Audition. The audition will consist of 2 monologues, 1 comedic and 1 dramatic, from different periods (Greek, Roman, Shakespeare, Restoration, early Modern, Modern). While you may choose any period for your monologues, it is encouraged to present pieces from contrasting periods. Additionally, you may submit a headshot and resume. Following the performance of the monologues you will engage in an interview with members of our faculty. The Audition concludes with a campus tour, tour of the theater spaces, and a class preview may be included.

Schedule Audition

Program Outcomes

Graduates from Southeastern’s Acting/Directing program have gone on to work in national touring companies and regional theatres. Others have joined top graduate programs in acting or directing in pursuit of their Master of Fine Arts degree.

Why Acting/Directing?
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Program: THEATRE
Major: Acting/Directing
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Dept: Art. Communication and Theatre
School: Arts and Sciences
Major Code: 060

GENERAL EDUCATION 44 Semester hours

Communications (9 Hours)
English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
Speech Communication (COMM 1233 or 2213)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 Hours)
Political Science (POSC 1513)
American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
Social Science (ECON 2113, GEOG 2723, HIST 3513, or SOC 1113)
Mental and Physical Health (KIN 1113 or PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 Hours)
Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114 or 1404)
Physical Sciences (CHEM 1004, 1114, 1315; PHYS 1114, 2015; PSCI 1114, 1214, or 1414)
Mathematics (MATH 1303, 1513, 1543, 1613, 2013, 2113, 2143, 2215, or 2283)
Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1513 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 Hours)
Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113, 2223, 2313; or PHIL 2113, 2223)
Fine Arts (ART 1003, 1103, 2103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 1123, 3133; THTR 1143, 1183, 2183, or 3183)
Foreign Language (CHTW 1513; FREN 1113; GERM 1113; SPAN 1113, 1223; ASL 1113; NS 1213)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: Theatre 40 Semester Hours

Core (18 semester hours)
THTR 1113 Introduction to Theatre
THTR 1133 Introduction to Technical Theatre
THTR 1213 Introduction to Acting
THTR 2163 Movement for the Theatre Artist
THTR 3523 History of Theatre to 1700
THTR 3623 History of Theatre: 1700 to Present

Acting/Directing (22 semester hours)
THTR 1312 Character Analysis
THTR 3432 Directing
THTR 3963 Acting Workshop: Period Styles
THTR 4412 Directing Workshop

Thirteen upper level hours required and can be selected from the following:
THTR 1552 Stage Makeup
THTR 3333 Stage Management
THTR 3423 Scene Design
THTR 3942 Acting Workshop: Audition
THTR 4222 Stage Dialects
THTR 4232 Advanced Performance
THTR 4313 Theatre Administration and Management
THTR 4422 Directing Internship

Courses in theatre dance, special projects, theatre
practicum, as advised by faculty and approved by the Director of Theatre, can also fulfill this requirement.