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Undergraduate Concentrations

 

Performance

Majors interested in a performance concentration can focus in either acting/directing or dance.

Auditions for all Mainstage productions and most Studio productions are held during the first week of classes in each semester for events occurring that term. Exceptions exist for some class projects with late starting dates, studio shows which bridge holiday periods, etc. Typically, auditions consist of presenting a two minute monologue, fully memorized and well-rehearsed. An audition for a musical includes singing 16 bars of a song of one's choice.

The Mainstage season typically features four productions, including one musical. Faculty members direct these. Casts and crews are composed of either undergraduate or graduate students. In addition to students, guest artists occasionally augment the casts and crews.

In addition to the Mainstage season, the department sponsors a flexible and diverse Studio season which can include faculty, undergraduate- and/or graduate student-directed productions.

Acting/Directing

Acting

Students will have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of classes that will test their acting muscle including:

Students will also be able to gain practical knowledge in acting through performance opportunities in the Mainstage and Studio seasons.

Auditions for all Mainstage productions and most Studio productions are held during the first week of classes in each semester for events occurring that term. Exceptions exist for some class projects with late starting dates, studio shows which bridge holiday periods, etc. Typically, auditions consist of presenting a two-minute monologue, fully memorized and well-rehearsed. An audition for a musical includes singing 16 bars of a song of one's choice.

Directing

A student's first public directing opportunity is afforded after taking Directing I and II at Binghamton University and, of course, satisfying all prerequisites for those courses. All official student-directed projects are done in a departmental venue or other authorized space and are supervised by a faculty member. Students progress through a series of production levels as described under Production Classifications and may advance to a directing thesis if qualified.

Students will also have the opportunity to work as assistant directors on faculty-directed Mainstage and Studio productions.For questions regarding the Acting/Directing program, contact Professor Anne Brady.

Dance

Dance Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for dance students in classes and showcase productions. Classes include African, ballet, jazz, modern, partnering, and composition dance techniques. As part of the Mainstage season there is a Dance production each year, auditions take place late in the Fall semester usually. For any questions regarding Dance, contact JoEllen Kuhlman

Design and Technical

The department offers a specialization in design and technical theatre that includes scene, lighting, costume and sound design, technical direction and relevant support areas. Opportunities also exist for students to design both Studio and Mainstage productions. Focus is on preparations for a variety of careers in the technical fields and the creation of design opportunities which are crucial to the development of a portfolio that will make one competitive in seeking admission to the best graduate schools in the country. For questions regarding the Design/Tech program, contact Karen Kozlowski

 

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Last Updated: 5/6/14