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Acting on the Hill

If you are contemplating a life on stage or in front of the camera then you should consider a major in either the B.F.A. in Performing Arts with a concentration in Acting, or the B.A. in Theatre.  With the B.F.A. in Performing Arts Acting concentration you'll take over 20 hours of acting classes.  You'll also have a chance to study topics such as stage combat, stage makeup, directing, dance, children's theatre, design, stage management and technical theatre.   Because we believe what you learn in the studio and classroom is best tested in front of an audience, we offer ample opportunities to perform.  We typically produce 20 to 25 different shows every year, totaling about 75 individual performances.  Western also has an active and highly-regarded film program that draws from our pool of actors.  You are encouraged to audition for everything, and if you've got what it takes, your resume will be long and impressive when you graduate.  

We also feel it is important for our students to begin pursuing professional  work in the summers.  Many of our students find summer stock work in theatres around the country.  We also offer career oriented classes like Performing Arts Career Seminar and Acting Audition Workshop to help you prepare for life after college.   

If you would like to explore a broader range of topics then you might want to consider the B.A. in Theatre.   While it requires fewer acting classes, it also gives you more leeway to follow you own path.  You can supplement it with the classes that interest you, and pair it with another major like Film or Creative Writing, or a minor like Film Studies or Performing Arts Administration.   

Admission into the B.F.A. in Performing Arts is by audition/interview in the third semester. Until then, students interested in pursuing the B.F.A. are classified as "seeking admission."  Visit the B.F.A. Audition Policy page for a full explanation of the process.

For more information about the Acting concentration please contact Scott Stroot at (270) 745-6290, or

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