What is Acting at WVU like?
Our competitive program is considered one of the best university acting programs in the country because of the intensive class time devoted to acting training.
As a freshman and sophomore, you will receive six hours of acting per week. Beginning in the sophomore year, you will also get an additional four hours per week of movement or voice/speech.
In your junior and senior years, you will become a member of the Studio Acting Program, where 20 hours a week are dedicated to performance training in movement, voice/speech, scene study and acting. Your junior year is grounded in contemporary American realism and early modern realistic and non-real European drama. Your senior year is dedicated to work in Shakespeare and other period styles, including Restoration comedy and comedy of manners, as well as acting for film and television, voice-overs and musical theatre. Other topics covered include singing, Suzuki, movement composition, stage combat, audition technique, masks, improvisation, make-up, psychiatry for the actor, dialects and fencing.
All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Theatre and Dance for acceptance.