Acting and Stagecraft
Theatre at Grenfell is a four year BFA program with a focus on the history, theory and practice of the theatre arts. Acting students will complete one acting class per term and participate in mainstage productions beginning in second year. In addition, starting in third year, acting students will do one master class per semester. Stagecraft students will complete one stagecraft class per term and participate in mainstage productions beginning in second year. In addition, starting in third year, stagecraft students will do one master class per semester.
Our acting classes begin with a focus on fundamentals: voice, movement, and speech. These skills are developed through four years of acting classes, which develop into scene study and more specific skill development over time.
Students in the stagecraft stream will study six areas of stagecraft skills – lighting, sound, wardrobe, props, carpentry (drafting and scenic painting), and stage management – in each semester. It is important to note that all of our full-time faculty are also working theatre practitioners, who continue to develop their professional lives while engaged in teaching our students.
Our master teachers in both streams are drawn from the profession and join us for shorter, more intense and specific training situations. Past master teachers have included professional actors, artistic directors, movement specialists and singers in the acting stream, while in the stagecraft stream we have engaged designers of lights, costumes and sets, as well as props masters. The core classes for both streams cover the fundamentals, while master class instructors enable us to provide a wider range of training in specialized areas.
Please note, our stagecraft program will next be accepting applications for the fall of 2015.