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Acting for the Screen

In the Acting for Screen Module, we offer an innovative collaboration between Theatre and Film that not only prepares actors for the particularities of working with one another in front of a camera rather than for an audience, but integrates performers into a total filmmaking practice that includes understanding of camera, sound and editing. We believe the best preparation as an artist is to experience enough of the whole process to be a full collaborator in film storytelling, but we also know that in today’s market, the best professional training must give actors the tools to present themselves to the world, whether by shooting your own audition videos, editing your reel of scenes from past work, or directing short films and web content as your own best showcase. Our program offers a range of interdisciplinary approaches to screen performance from among a range of academic programs so as to best tailor the experience to your particular strengths as a craftsperson, as well as preparation for the business of acting, to begin your work as a professional. 

Learning Objectives

  • Gain significant experience acting for camera (and possibly stage), with a working knowledge of acting techniques and strategies employed for screen and stage.
  • Gain awareness of historical developments in different performance styles and strategies employed in screen work.
  • Understand the effects of shooting and editorial choices upon the documentation of performance and expressive relationships between performance and cinematic technique.
  • Understand the processes necessary and resources available for continuing their work in a self-directed fashion after graduation.


Acting for the Screen Course Requirements


Opportunities for application and practice on campus:
Participation in student film/television/web production groups, acting in curricular and co-curricular student films, plays, and improvisation groups. 

Opportunities for projects, practica, and internships off campus:
Professional production opportunities and internships, particularly in areas of casting, talent representation and management, or performance. 

Community Building Activities:
Block cinema, visiting filmmaker lectures, student theatrical performances and group screenings. 


A further refinement of the professional reel completed in the Advanced Acting for the Screen Course (RTVF 368-2/Theatre 378-0) will be presented alongside a professional resume and a 5-7 page paper treating the student’s experience and development of skills and goals as an artist in courses, extracurricular, and co-curricular work. 


Sponsoring Departments: Radio/Television/Film and Theatre

Module Coordinators (main student contacts): Detra Payne and Spencer Parsons

Module Advisor: Catherine Carrigan

How to Enroll 

Currently not accepting applications.


Grade Policy

Students must maintain a B- average in module coursework. If their average falls below B-, they will not be permitted to submit a capstone.