Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Concentration in Performance

The Performance Concentration emphasizes training for the actor’s voice, body, and mind -- the essential tools of the actor’s trade. Through careful study and extensive practice with movement techniques and vocal exploration, acting students gain the skills they need for their careers in performance.

Why Study Performance?

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The Performance Concentration builds on the common 30-hour core with intensive training in acting, directing, voice, movement, and many other aspects of performing for the stage.

Work with Working Actors

Our Performance Faculty is made up of professional performers with years of experience and strong ties to the working world of show business. And they are deeply committed to their own continuing education, through professional organizations such as SAG, VASTA, SSDC, and Actor’s Equity.

Performance Opportunities

The Department of Theatre produces at least four mainstage shows each year and at least one “showcase” production as well. Each year we also cast four troupes of performers who travel to different venues around the state on Fridays. Our priority in all of these cases is to give as many of our Performance students as possible the best opportunity possibly to learn, grow, and explore their talent and craft.

Earn a Teaching Certificate

Theatre/Speech is an approved area of concentration for the N–12 certificate in the School of Education.

Curriculum

A complete list of courses and requirements is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Ready to Apply?

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Performance consists of an application to UAB, an application through Acceptd, and an audition.

UAB Application

All the information you need to apply can be found on UAB's Undergraduate Admissions Hub.

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Acceptd Application

Acceptd is the largest performing and visual arts network in the world.

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Audition

Requirements

  • You must print a photo with your resumé on the back.
  • Be prepared to perform one 60 second comedic monologue and one 60 second serious monologue. Choose age-appropriate material. Work with honesty and authenticity.

Upcoming Audition Dates

Audition DateLocation
November 10, 2018 Department of Theatre
February 2, 2019 Department of Theatre
February 4-6, 2019 Chicago Unified Auditions
April 13, 2019 Department of Theatre

Contact Us

Contact Dennis McLernon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Head of Performance, with any questions.

Audition Resources

Advice on Selecting Monologues

  • Find material that you could be cast in today.
  • Use material that is within your age range, your vocal range (especially if you're singing), your emotional range, and within the scope of your movement skills.
  • Avoid material that requires a dialect.
  • See that the material moves to a conclusion. Begin somewhere and go somewhere through the material.
  • Use material that focuses on your character.
  • Avoid material that you have performed in a complete production.
  • Discuss your choice of material with your director, and your other acting teachers.
  • Choose material in which you have faith, and as you rehearse allows you to gain confidence.

Advice on Rehearsing Your Material

  • Make strong, positive choices aimed at putting your character in charge of the scene.
  • Locate and exploit counterpoints and tensions between yourself and the character, tensions within the character, tensions between the character and the dramatic situation.
  • Allow time for audience reaction when the character has to make a choice. Share choices with the audience.
  • Give movement specificity, dramatic validity, and theatrical finish. Simple but completely realized movements and gestures are the most effective.
  • Avoid literal interpretations of the text in movement and gesture.
  • Keep body and face forward. Avoid too much profile.
  • Maintain vocal control throughout the scene. Don't let emotions drive you beyond vocal expression you can control.
  • Imagine the physical space appropriate for your scene; set the boundaries and maintain control of that space during the performance. Movement should develop organically from the material; the connection between the physical action and its emotional source should be strong and clear.
  • Clearly specify the ending of the first piece and the start of the next. Do not run the scenes together.
  • The confidence, poise, and polish characteristic of outstanding auditions is the result of dedicated, concentrated rehearsal and astute coaching. Ask your acting teachers and your coaches to help you with your audition. Adequate rehearsal is vital.

How to Present Yourself at the Audition

  • Wear simple, attractive, comfortable clothes and shoes suited to your movement choices.
  • Minimize jewelry.
  • Style your hair so that it flatters your face, not hides it.
  • Warm up your voice and your body.
  • Assess the acoustic qualities of the performance space and make choices regarding how much vocal energy you will need to be heard.
  • At the beginning of the audition, state your name, and the titles of the pieces you will perform.
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