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Theatre - Acting, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cape Girardeau, MO, United States
The Theatre - Acting program of the Southeast Missouri State University is a professional training program that prepares students for an acting career in theatre, television, and film. Acting majors have the opportunity to perform in six main stage productions each year, two second stage productions, as well as professional summer employment and internships.
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The rigorous training and varied experiences of the Theatre - Acting program of the Southeast Missouri State University provides an excellent foundation for careers in performance, as well as ancillary positions in the industry.

Students train with working professional faculty in advanced Stanislavski technique, while studying movement, voice, stage combat, Shakespeare, television and film.

Faculty work closely with students to prepare for rewarding careers as professionals capable of performing in a variety of styles. Examples of job titles include actor/actress, scenic designer, technical director, costume designer, production assistant, theatre manager and booking manager.

What You'll Do

  • Train with experienced faculty and staff in the areas of movement, voice, stage combat, Shakespeare, television, and film.
  • Prepare for rewarding careers as a professional capable of performing in a variety of styles.
  • Study and train in the beautiful River Campus, a multimillion dollar facility devoted to the visual and performing arts.
  • Benefit from an established program of collaboration with professional guest actors, acting teachers, directors, casting agents, and designers.
  • Establish relationships with professional actors, directors, casting agents, and theatre companies through summer internships, outside auditions, master classes, theatre festivals and a Senior Showcase in New York City.

Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Goodman Theatre in Chicago
  • Second City Santa Fe Opera
  • Lucille Lortell Theatre
  • B-Street Theatre
  • San Diego Musical Theatre
  • Williamstown Festival

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stage Combat
  • Acting for Film and Television
  • Acting
  • Auditioning
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Voice for the Actor

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Submit your Online application
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Passport
  • Academic transcripts
  • Affidavit of Financial Support and Proof of finances
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) for scholarship consideration (Optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    431 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 431 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    431 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 431 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    225 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 225 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cape Girardeau

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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