The Performance Concentration involves a sequence of acting courses, including classical styles, improvisational techniques, musical theatre performance, and the business of acting. The sequence culminates in a Senior Showcase in New York City. Students may also select from a wide variety of courses in Dance, Movement, and Voice and Diction. An audition is required for acceptance into the program.
Foundation Requirements - 5 units
Th011: Theatre Lab (2 half unit classes)
Th014-17: Play Production (4 semesters of 0 units; only one can be in FOH)
Th103: Script Analysis
Th111: Introduction to Design
Th233: Theatre History
Th235: Music Theatre History
Performance Requirements (courses to be taken sequentially) - 4 units
Th117: Acting Techniques I
Th217: Acting II: Scene Study
Th307: Musical Theatre Performance I* (Students must pass a Music Theory proficiency exam or complete Musicianship for Performers or Rudiments of Music as well as two MU020 Voice Lessons prior to enrolling in MTP1)
Th317: Acting III: Classics
Required Cognates - 3 units
Spc102: Voice and Diction;
Da295: Musical Theatre Dance (Students must complete 4 dance technique classes prior to graduation)
All required coursework for the major should be completed before registering for the Senior Learning Community.
Senior Learning Community - 2 units
Th461: Acting V
Th462: Senior Showcase
Highlights of the Performance Concentration include:
Private voice lessons regularly held on campus with Music faculty.
An abundance of dance classes including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre Dance as well as the opportunity to minor in Dance.
Five levels of Acting courses specially designed to build on the previous outcomes.
A Senior Showcase for New York City agents, managers, and casting directors at Playwright's Horizons in Manhattan's Theatre District.
Monthly workshops open to all students with well-respected Broadway, Film, and Television actors, dancers, directors, and casting agents, etc.
Elective courses including Improv, Stage Dialects, Stage Management, Acting for the Camera, and many others.
Four Main Stage productions and four Studio productions per year.
A campus-wide Honors program.
A close-knit family of faculty and students, who encourage open communication.
An impressive list of Wagner alumni and faculty with Broadway, Film, and Television credits.