Bachelor of Arts: Performance (Acting)

Important Information

Due to the coronavirus, we've extended our audition/application deadlines to April 24 for our BA Performance and BFA Design/Tech programs

The Performance Option at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film provides foundational actor training within an innovative curriculum.

The Performance option:

  • develops your skills as a creative professional
  • features specialized training in stage combat, classical text, and new theatre production techniques to make you competitive in the field
  • offers the opportunity to work beside professional actors at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre.


All courses in the acting curriculum focus on bridging the gap between the theoretical and the practical. In your first two years of study your core theatre requirements create a foundation of working theatrical knowledge. As an ensemble, all performance option students perform 10-minute plays, develop characters through scene work, and have the opportunity to apply their work on the professional stage. At the end of your first year you’ll perform an audition for the performance faculty to receive immediate feedback on your progress.

In the second two years of study, your coursework becomes specialized. Advanced courses in stage combat, period styles, classical text, accents and dialects, audition technique, and acting for the camera form a scheme of elective topics which allow you hone your unique, individual skills and to prepare you for professional work.

Faculty Goals

As your mentors, the performance area faculty are committed to providing comprehensive actor training. We strive to offer creative opportunities throughout the school year and to bolster each student’s unique performance abilities.

Beyond the Classroom



  • Actor
  • Stunt Performer
  • Director
  • Teacher

Application to this program

Anyone considering the Performance (Acting) Option must audition into the program (including transfer students). We admit a class of about 15 students per year.

Learn about the audition process

Bachelor of Arts 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
THEA 112G Introduction to Theatre 3 cr
THEA 114 Basic Acting Techniques I 3 cr
THEA 204 Stage Makeup 3 cr
Language Prerequisite - 101 Level (Elective) 5 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
THEA 115 Basic Acting Techniques II 3 cr
THEA 120 Principles of Design for Theatre and Film 3 cr
THEA 201 Technical Theatre Practice 3 cr
Language Prerequisite - 102 Level (Elective) 5 cr
Total Credits 14

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
THEA 223 Intermediate Acting I 3 cr
THEA 253 Voice Production for the Stage 3 cr
THEA 255 Stage Movement I 3 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
Language Requirement - 201 Level 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
THEA 224 Intermediate Acting II 3 cr
THEA 254 Stage Diction and Dialects 3 cr
THEA 256 Stage Movement II 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
Language Requirement - 202 Level 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
THEA 401 Advanced Acting 3 cr
THEA 335 History of Theatre I 3 cr
THEA 202 Play Direction I 3 cr
ACE 3 3 cr
ACE 6 3 cr
Elective 1 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
THEA 401 Advanced Acting 3 cr
THEA 336 History of Theatre II 3 cr
THEA 234 Scripts in Production 3 cr
ACE 4 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
THEA 401 Advanced Acting 3 cr
THEA 472 Theatre Perspectives 3 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
THEA 408/808 Advanced Projects in Acting and/or Directing 1 cr
ACE 9 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 16


At least 30 hours of courses numbered 300 or above are required. It may be necessary to select upper-level elective courses to satisfy this requirement.


This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.