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The BFA Acting program at UWM is a 130-credit program focused on uncovering the potential of the individual student, including the development of personal performance practice. The program builds on the objectives of the department’s core curriculum to develop within the student a deepened, strengthened, and professional level of competency in acting skills, and a sense of their own identity as a performing artist. Our students receive broad technical training in preparation for graduate studies or entry into the profession of theatre practice.

Comprehensive Artistry

To help students develop as complete artists, our program emphasizes an understanding of essential acting theories, principles of voice production, flexible speech techniques, physical communication, physical structures of character, principles of Dramatic Action and Storytelling, and personal artistic practice. Research specific to an actor’s work, objective and subjective/affective, is demonstrated a core principle to artistic development.

Students are guided through the process of self critique to gain the ability to prescribe solutions and/or new directions for artistic development, and gain an understanding of professional modes of behavior, preparation, and competency.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Theatre: Acting

A successful audition is required prior to entry into the program. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 12
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 12
General (outside department) 3
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas


Theatre Core 32 Credits
Introductory Course
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 101 Acting for non-majors
THEATRE 110 Acting I
THEATRE 204 Theatre & Social Change
THEATRE 260 Storytelling
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis 3
THEATRE 214 Stage Craft (with lab) 4
THEATRE 225 Costume Construction (with lab) 4
THEATRE 230 Acting II – Text & Performance 3
THEATRE 236 Production & Design 3
THEATRE 275 Performing Arts Management 3
THEATRE 305 Theatrical Experience 3
THEATRE 321 Theatre – Beginning to Realism 3
THEATRE 322 Theatre – Modern & Contemporary 3


Degree Curriculum 53 Credits
THEATRE 380 Stage Management 3
THEATRE 430 Stage Voice and Speech I 3
THEATRE 431 Stage Voice and Speech II 3
THEATRE 440 Physical Performance I 3
THEATRE 441 Physical Performance II 3
THEATRE 470 Acting III 3
THEATRE 471 Acting IV 3
THEATRE 475 Rehearsal and Performance (repeatable) 6
THEATRE 530 Stage Voice and Speech III 3
THEATRE 531 Stage Voice and Speech IV 3
THEATRE 540 Physical Performance III 3
THEATRE 541 Physical Performance IV 3
THEATRE 570 Acting V 3
THEATRE 571 Acting VI 3
THEATRE xxx Career Prep 2
(Choose from Theatre class listings in consultation with advisor) 6


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Brittani Ebert

BA Theatre | 2003

Ebert, who moved to Los Angeles from Sun Prairie, discusses her co-starring role on ABC's "Modern Family". She has also appeared on “Jane the Virgin” and “Criminal Minds” and as a semi-regular character on “General Hospital".

Careers in Theatre

Art Director
Artistic Director
Arts & Entertainment Writer
Arts Administration
Arts Council Director
Box Office Manager/Staff
Broadway Theatre/Tours
Business Consultant
Camp Director
Carpentry/Scenic Artistry
Casting Director
Community Arts Organizer
Computer Drafter/Designer
Conflict/Resolution Facilitator
Corporate Trainer
Costume Designer
Costume Director
Costume Shop Manager
Crafts Artisan
Creative Director
Cruise Line Performer
Development Director
Dialect Coach
Drama Therapist
Drapery Fabricator/Installer
Education Administrator
Entertainment Designer/Manager
Events Manager
Event Planner/Coordinator
Life Coach
Lighting Designer/Director
Makeup Designer/Artist
Managing Director
Marketing & Sales
Master Carpenter
Musical Theatre Artist
Office Administration
Outreach Coordinator
Production Assistant
Production Manager
Project Manager
Projection Designer
Properties Director
Props Artisan
Rigging Installer
Scenery Designer
Scenic Artist/Painter
Set Designer/Decorator
Social Worker
Sound Designer/Engineer
Sound Technician
Special Effects Artist
Stage Director/Manager
Stage Hand
Staging Fabricator
Talent Agent/Director
Technical Director
Television/Radio Personality
Theatre Consultant
Theatre Critic
Theatre Education Teacher (K-12)
Theatre Equipment Sales
Theatre Journalist/Blogger
Trade Show Designer
University Administration
University Faculty
Visual Effects Director/Engineer
Vocal Coach
Voiceover Artist
Wardrobe Specialist


Dedicated Acting Faculty

profile photoAlan Guszkowskiagg2@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Acting

profile photoRebecca Holdernessrph2@uwm.eduArt 242

Associate Professor, Acting

profile photoRaeleen McMillionrtwrae@uwm.eduTheatre 266

Senior Lecturer, Acting

profile photoSheri Williams Pannellpannell@uwm.eduArt T264

Area Head, Musical Theatre

Assistant Professor, Theatre

profile photoJim Tassejtasse@uwm.eduTheatre B25

Senior Lecturer, Acting

profile photoJenny Wanasekjwanasek@uwm.eduTheatre B25

Senior Lecturer, Acting

profile photoBill Watsonbwatson@uwm.eduTheatre 231

Associate Professor, Acting

Theatre Faculty & Staff