BFA in Performance

The BFA in Performance offers a vibrant alternative approach to contemporary live performing arts. Rooted in traditional contemplative teachings, integrating dance/movement and acting/text, students develop performance skills and hands-on techniques for self-generated performance work grounded on personal interests and strengths.

In a through-the-body studio-based learning environment, students focus on new forms of dance, psychophysical acting techniques, ensemble creation, interpreting text, devising processes, writing for performance, and performer/audience dynamics. Lectures and seminars in critical and performance theory serve to culturally and politically contextualize the performance practices offered in the program and contribute to deepen students’ personal vision. Through the participation of visiting artists and a faculty of professional practicing artists, students develop an understanding of the work of seminal companies and practitioners who have helped define the field of performance at the beginning of the 21st century.

This 60-credit major includes significant involvement in professionally directed, project-based work and self-generated performance projects designed to aid in students’ personal and professional development.

To strengthen and amplify students’ professional development, we strongly recommend an additional 6 credits in studio work, special topics, or performance projects.

Entering the Major

In accordance with university policy, students can declare their major at any time. In order to progress through the coursework in this major, students should take the following important courses at the earliest opportunity: PAR100 Wisdom of the Body, with a grade of “B-” or higher, or PAR101 Experiential Anatomy, with a grade of “B-” or higher, and a meeting with the program director. Please consult with your Academic Advisor to plan your schedule in the program.

*This course may be waived in lieu of previous performance training. Waiver should be requested through the program; students will be assessed on an individual basis.