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.
As a part of the curriculum, all theatre majors are required to fulfill a professional residency obligation that will create useful and unique bridges to professional theatre. Connections are created at several theatre conferences that the department promotes during each academic year, such as:
- The West Virginia Theatre Conference,
- The South East Theatre Conference
- Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.
Each year students are offered outstanding workshop and visiting lecturer opportunities, such as:
- The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville HUMANA FESTIVAL—COLLEGE DAYS,
- Marshall Artist Series Workshop Presentations—past lecturers have included:
- Tim Conway,
- Marcel Marceau,
- Tovah Feldshuh
- Marvin Hamlisch and Mark McVey
During the summer months, The Robert Hinchman New Works Festival takes center stage and Marshall Students are invited to work with national playwrights to present readings of never-before seen or heard plays of the American theatre. Upon graduation, students of the Marshall University Theatre performance program can expect to be well prepared and qualified to pursue either advanced MFA training or entry level acting positions in the professional theatre.