Looking for Tampa acting classes? Here you’ll find all the information you need on Tampa acting schools, from techniques taught to performance opportunities and career preparation workshops.
University of Tampa
Here, you can take Tampa acting classes for either straight acting or musical theater. Classes for actors include acting, voice, diction, oral interpretation, movement, play analysis, dance and Shakespeare, as well as dramatic lit, stage management, design and directing. Musical theater students study acting, voice, dance (ballet, jazz, tap, dance partnering), music theory, musicianship, play analysis, musical theater and technical theater.
Performance opportunities: This acting school in Tampa produces 2 mainstage plays and musicals each year at a 1,000-seat theater, plus 2 cabarets productions at another venue. Students are required to audition as early as their freshman year.
Career preparation: Students take workshops with artists-in-residence and can intern at a theater company, among other places. They also take a seminar on auditioning and the business of acting. Seniors appear in a showcase production.
Degree: BA in Theater, BA in Performing Arts (Musical Theater).
Financial Aid: Musical theater students can audition for a $14,000 departmental scholarship. Otherwise, there are several merit-based scholarships and need-based grants one can apply for, as well as loans and work-study programs.
What you’ll need to apply: Transcripts, test scores, a teacher recommendation, an essay and an audition (students can audition at the acting university in Tampa or send in a taped audition). Students are reviewed in their sophomore year for continuation in the program.
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Venue Actors Studio
This acting school right outside Tampa teaches The Method. The acting classes are for all levels, including beginners, and are taught by an actress who studied directly with Lee Strasberg. Starting at age 5 for kids through adult. Saturdays and afterschool for kids and teens, Evenings for adults. Voted Best of the Bay by Creative Loafing.
Tampa acting classes include Method acting, acting for film and TV, improvisation and sketch comedy, commercial acting, voice, sitcom and soap opera acting. Most classes last 3 hours and are held in the evenings.
The school holds auditions for several plays each year at their in-house theater. Actors in the sketch comedy class perform regularly.
Students learn from working actors. This Tampa acting school sometimes offers seminars in auditioning, getting an agent and learning the business of acting. Individualized help with resumes is also available, plus the school has a headshot service. Weekly newsletter with audition opportunities.
The acting classes are around $240 for 8-weeks. Prices for other classes vary. There is an additional $25 yearly membership fee.
A $50 deposit. Some advanced classes may also require an audition.
University of South Florida
This is one of the acting schools in Tampa that offers a BA in Theater with a concentration in Performance. Classes include movement, voice, improvisation, scene study, script analysis, Shakespeare and acting styles, as well as theater history and theory. Students also learn technical theater through practical labs and classes. There is an opportunity to study in London.
Performance opportunities: This Tampa acting school has 2 mainstage theaters (including a 550-seat venue) and 2 smaller black box performance and rehearsal spaces. This acting university in Florida produces on average 4 mainstage productions a year. Students have an opportunity to work on new plays with renowned guest artists and can also appear in student projects.
Career preparation: Students learn from faculty with extensive credits. This acting school in Tampa has a strong guest artist program. Through seminars, workshops and master classes, actors learn from distinguished British and international theater professionals. There is also an honor’s program for students who excel that includes working with guest artists and creating a thesis project.
Degree: BA in Theater (Performance).
Financial Aid: In addition to other aid, there are several talent-based scholarships and awards available, as well as a talent-based assistantship (an audition is required for some awards).
What you’ll need to apply: Transcripts and test scores. Auditions are not required, although you may want to audition at the end of your sophomore year to take special advanced acting courses.
Florida Southern College
This Florida acting school less then an hour from Tampa offers a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in performance. Classes for performers include acting, voice, movement, acting for the camera, musical theater, Shakespeare and modern drama, as well as private singing lessons, theater history, costumes and directing.
The school stages 4 mainstage shows each year, including 1 musical, at a fully-equipped 336-seat theater (some productions are directed by professional guest artists). Actors are required to audition for mainstage shows and can also perform in student productions at a smaller 75-seat theater. There is also an 1,800-seat auditorium on campus. Since the theater department is small (with around 30 majors total), there are many opportunities to perform.
In the advanced acting class, actors prepare audition materials and learn the business side of acting. Students work at least 50 hours each semester on mainstage productions.
BA in Theatre Arts.
$22,145 per year (room and board is available for around $7,300).
In addition to federal and state financial aid, the school offers a merit and need-based scholarship that covers full tuition. Actors can also audition for a theater scholarship of up to $10,000.
Transcripts, test scores, an academic recommendation letter and an interview. No auditions are necessary unless you want to apply for the scholarship.
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