The Marshall University Theatre performance program (BFA degree) takes the conservatory approach to actor training. Using 21stcentury as well as tried-and-true trends in actor training such as: The Method, The Meisner Approach, Bogart Viewpoints, Alexander Technique, Linklater, and Lessac– students in performance develop their craft according to current expectations in the American theatre, film and television industries. Guided by faculty of outstanding professional credentials, Marshall University Theatre students are given careful, individual attention as well as shared insight and mentorship in the practical side of the “business”. All performance majors are required to participate in Marshall University Theatre Alliance’s varied and challenging production season of four main-stage plays as well as numerous experimental and classroom projects.
The production program at Marshall University is centered on the belief that the best theatre experiences are based on the collaborative efforts of well informed theatre artists. Marshall’s production students are presented with a sequential series of courses unique to their chosen discipline. Curricula and carefully crafted production calendars are designed to develop an advanced understanding of the art of theatre, focused study within the discipline and applied production opportunities. The success of this approach is sufficient for us to require that our students apply for, and receive, internships and/or professional contracts in their field of study prior to receiving their degree. Graduates wishing to continue their careers in theatrical production, with graduate study or positions in the profession, do so at a rate that approaches 100 percent.
Two of our Theatre majors have put together a six page newsletter that can be downloaded or viewed as a PDF file.