Florida Acting Schools

Florida State University

This is one of the acting schools in Florida that offers an undergraduate degree in straight acting and musical theater (as well as a general BA in Theater).

Beyond the required graduation and liberal studies courses, actors in both BFA programs study theater history, acting, voice, movement, play analysis, makeup, technical theater and directing. Acting students also take classes in stage combat, dialects, costumes and auditioning technique, while musical theater students take private voice coaching classes and study music history and theory, musical theater, keyboard, dance, and sight-singing.

Actors have an opportunity to study in London during the fall semester of their junior year. Among other things, London students study Shakespeare and discover the city’s theatre scene through backstage tours and regularly attending performances at London theaters. This Florida acting school also offers a prestigious graduate acting program.

Performance opportunities: The facilities include 4 theaters (2 proscenium and 2 black-box theaters). Students can be cast in a wide-range of productions, from full-scale productions (6 are staged every year, including 2 musicals) directed by guest artists, to student projects. There is also a special festival featuring new works.

Career preparation: Graduating students appear in an industry showcase in New York and Los Angeles in front of professionals from all over the country. There are internships available through the FSU center in London.

Degree: BFA in Acting, BFA in Music Theater.

Financial Aid: Merit-based scholarships are available, as well as short-term emergency loans.

What you’ll need to apply: Transcripts, test scores, a BFA application (in addition to the university application), a headshot and resume, 3 letters of recommendation, a personal statement and an audition. Auditions are held in Tallahassee and consist of 2 monologues for the BFA in Acting and a group dance audition, a singing audition and a monologue for the BFA in Music Theater. If accepted, you will have to maintain a certain grade-point average and meet expectations to remain in the program. In addition, students audition for a jury every year.

Audition policy: Students are not allowed to audition or take acting work during the school year but can perform in summer stock.

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