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What is Acting?

Acting is the art or occupation of performing in plays, movies or television productions. The Department of Theatre offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting, providing you with a conservatory approach to either of this specialized form of performance.

Why acting at OSU?

OSU's theatre department annually produces four main stage and studio productions for the campus community. Our Acting BFA students enjoy direct interaction with highly skilled faculty in a lab and performance setting from first year propelling them into a successful career in the industry.

Career Paths

These degrees are designed to prepare students for careers in the film, live stage, and performance industry. A BFA graduate brings a high level of skill, focus, and preparation to their respective discipline, be it acting or more the more specialized musical theatre genre. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of fields:

600seats in the Vivia Nail Locke Theater

housed in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts


  • High quality training in all styles of performance for stage and film or television
  • Extensive dance training, master the vocal and physical instrument.
  • Gain experience in peer-directed works.
  • High level faculty interactive instruction.
  • Internship opportunities with professional theatre and film companies.


  • The Vivia Nail Locke Theater in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts seats 600 as a traditional proscenium configuration.
  • The Jerry L. Davis Studio Theater seats 75 and is home to the Studio Season productions of the department. These shows are often student directed and designed.

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