Rider's B.F.A. program trains actors not only for the stage, film and television, but also for web series, voiceover, and new media. Students will graduate with exposure to the wealth of opportunities available on both coasts. Students work with industry professionals in a New York experience audition course and spend an entire semester living and interning in Los Angeles. These experiences culminate in a showcase for agents and casting directors in both cities.
"Graduates of this program will be adaptive and authentic artists able to perform in any form of media," says Dr. Ivan Fuller, chair of Rider's Department of Theatre and Dance. "They will be completely immersed in two major cities for the entertainment industry with the physical, intellectual, vocal, imaginative, entrepreneurial skills and passion needed to be successful."
The 123-credit major provides comprehensive training in voice, speech and movement, emphasizing integrated media opportunities and collaboration with film and television majors. The program takes a four-year, phased approach to uncovering and harnessing students' individual potential while preparing them to enter the business in any medium.
Students first focus on finding their authentic selves as actors, expanding and deepening their technique and style through performances on stage, on screen and via voiceovers. They prepare to enter the profession through audition technique and business planning courses while rehearsing and performing in stage and screen productions.
"Students will receive the technical acting training, but will also know how to market themselves," Fuller says. "They will have a full portfolio of skills ready to begin their professional careers."
Applicants must prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues, submit a video recording, headshot and resume in addition to applying to Rider University. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Ivan Fuller at [email protected] or visit rider.edu/acting. For questions about the application and audition process, contact Admissions Counselor Kara Jonsson at [email protected].