Theatre: Acting

The acting major at Western Michigan University offers a wide range of opportunities with focus on acting skills for both stage and film; vocal training, movement and physical acting; analysis and history. This rigorous program provides the flexibility to focus on the areas of training that will help you develop the skill set for the type of actor you want to be. You will strengthen your performance skills, gain a broad knowledge of the theatre arts and have ample opportunities to perform. We prepare you to succeed.

Beyond the classroom

If you choose to major in acting at WMU, you will receive a wide range of performance opportunities in the Department of Theatre's nine-show season presented in three state-of-the-art theatres. Additional performance opportunities are provided through student-directed Footlight productions, directing classes, and the New Play Project offered each summer in coordination with the Activate Midwest New Play Festival. Acting majors also have the opportunity to explore an interest in directing.

Professional and summer stock companies conduct on-campus auditions, and you will have multiple opportunities to showcase your talent for industry agents and casting directors from New York and Chicago.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in theatre acting are working as:

  • Actors
  • Directors
  • Voiceover artists
  • Casting directors
  • Agents
  • Producers
  • Teachers

Alumni work in the states and abroad in touring productions. They can be seen in:

  • Broadway productions
  • Films
  • Television shows
  • Major regional theatres
  • Cruise ship productions

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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