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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

In ordinary, non-pandemic times, the Department of Theatre produces at least four mainstage shows each year and at least one “showcase” production, in addition to casting 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.


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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When to Audition

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