Become a masterful storyteller whose artistic, aesthetic and classical training set you apart as an actor and prepare you for a career in the performing arts.
Baldwin Wallace’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in acting is a rigorous, comprehensive program that melds the versatility, focus and poise of classical theatre training with the ingenuity and candor of contemporary theatrical techniques.
You'll receive intensive training in acting, voice, and physical process, as well as learn skills to create a strong on-camera presence.
Small class sizes, individual attention, professional mentoring and extensive performance opportunities are at the core of the program.
A New York City showcase puts you front and center to national agents, casting directors and other industry professionals.
BW’s BFA in acting is an exciting new program that offers a fresh approach to classical actor training. It is the only BFA in acting in Northeast Ohio and only BFA in classical acting in the Midwest.
Baldwin Wallace's close proximity to Cleveland and its nationally ranked theatre and arts organizations offers outstanding learning and performing opportunities.
You’ll benefit from BW’s formal alliance with Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater (GLT), which is one of the few recognized, active partnerships between an equity theatre and undergraduate program in the US.
BW faculty are practicing professionals with these companies as well as other leading Northeast Ohio organizations:
- Beck Center for the Arts
- Cleveland Play House
- Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
- Ohio Shakespeare Festival
- Playwright's Local
- Dobama Theatre
- Cleveland Public Theatre
- Mamai Theatre
- Talent Group Agency
- Docherty Talent Agency
One-On-One Coaching and Mentoring
BW offers extensive opportunities for one-on-one coaching and mentoring. Here, department chair Adam Heffernan works closely with a student on a research project analyzing Shakespeare's work.
Strong academics, intensive hands-on learning opportunities, and personalized coaching and mentoring are inherent to the program.
You'll learn from award-winning, professionally active faculty with extensive experience in directing, acting, design and dance.
The BFA in acting builds on Baldwin Wallace's recognized strength in the theatre arts and includes a strong collaboration with BW's nationally acclaimed music theatre program in the Conservatory of Music, with faculty teaching across programs.
The comprehensive curriculum prepares you for success. You'll gain the vocal, analytical and movement skills needed to excel. It includes eight semesters of acting; a wide range of movement training, including dance and stage combat; and multiple approaches to text analysis. View the program sequence of classes and activities.
The importance of mastering dramatic verse is a priority, and emphasis will be given to its foundation in helping you develop as an actor for classic and contemporary roles. You'll learn a wide range of techniques including scansion, Folio Technique, Linklater, Fitzmaurice, Alexander, Meisner, Stanislavsky and others.
BW brings to campus guest industry professionals to teach students. These include agents, graduate school representatives and directors, all of whom can help students understand what it means to work as professionals in the field.
Acting students are encouraged to participate in a variety of cultural, professional and educational theatre and dance programs both nationally and internationally. These opportunities, in conjunction with theatre productions and student organizations, will help you network, advance your skills and build an impressive resume and portfolio.
Performance opportunities begin early and continue through senior year, culminating in the New York City showcase.
You can audition for BW main stage and studio series plays, musicals, operas, two 10-minute play festivals, dance concerts and many student-led projects.
Within the BFA program, you are guaranteed classical performance opportunities:
- sophomore class Shakespeare production
- junior class outdoor Shakespeare production
- understudy for a Great Lakes Theater production during senior year
The Department of Theatre and Dance is located in Kleist Center for Art & Drama. It houses two theatres: John Patrick Theatre and William A. Allman Theatre.
The John Patrick Theatre is a large 500-seat proscenium theatre. The William A. Allman Theatre is a smaller, flexible theatre with seating between 100-250. This unique studio space is intended to provide a variety of seating arrangements, including proscenium, three-quarter-thrust and in-the-round.
There also are two dance studios and an acting studio, which operates as a small 30-seat performance space for rehearsal projects.
Theatre Arts and Performance
This organization supports student theatre artists and those interested in theatre on campus. It informs students of events and opportunities in theatre, maintains an open forum for student ideas and projects, and raises awareness of on- and off-campus theatrical events.
This campus-based, living-learning residence site is home to six to eight theatre and arts students. It hosts popular events like Diva Night and Jams & Java (a monthly coffee house concert series held in its basement theatre).
Faces for Radio
BW’s improv comedy troupe holds bi-weekly workshops and performs on campus.
Baldwin Wallace alumni can be found working as actors, directors, stage managers, artistic directors and more in performing-arts and entertainment venues across the nation. Career areas include theatre, film, television and other performing arts media. BW's outstanding reputation in the arts and longstanding networking channels benefit students in securing professional representation.
THEATRE AND DANCE DEPARTMENT
(440) 826-2239, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair, Theatre and Dance Department
M.F.A., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Director, Music Theatre Program
M.F.A., M.A., Northwestern University
A.A.S., Onondaga Community College
M.F.A., Rugers University Mason Gross School of the Arts
M.F.A., Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., Stony Brook University
M.F.A., Yale University
Area Coordinator, Music Theatre Program
M.F.A., The Florida State University
B.F.A., Pacific Northwest College of Art
Jack B. Winget
Ph.D., Kent State University
M.F.A., New York University
M.F.A., The Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Costume Shop Manager
B.A., Cleveland State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., University of Michigan
B.A., Kent State University
B.F.A., Youngstown State University
B.F.A., Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts
M.A., Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
Rachael K. Palermo
M.A., New York University
B.A., Baldwin Wallace University
MBA, Case Western University
B.A., Ashland University
Alyssa Lee Wilmot
M.F.A., Mills College, Calif.