Why Choose a BFA in Acting?

    Rooted within a strong liberal arts setting, MMC’s BFA in Acting is an intensive 60-credit program focusing on varied and diverse acting techniques and performance.

    Why Study BFA in Acting at MMC?

    The BFA in Acting at MMC not only offers you extensive training in acting and performance but also encourages you to become well-rounded and expressive artists and human beings with a strong liberal arts background. MMC’s Theatre Arts faculty represent a wide variety of professional experiences and connections, and students are able to foster close personal relationships with the faculty through our small class sizes. Finally, you’ll develop initiative, ownership, agency, and responsibility throughout your training, so that you are prepared to manage your own professional careers beyond college.

    What You Will Learn

    Upon completion of the BFA in Acting major, you’ll be able to:

    • Demonstrate a repeatable and specific process for the performance of complex character actions and behaviors, across multiple theatrical styles;
    • Apply extensive research and rehearsal processes, script analysis, and character development to the performance of scenes and monologues written for both stage and screens;
    • Invest personally in scenes and monologues from material with varied and diverse given circumstances, contexts, and physical, language, and vocal requirements;
    • Demonstrate initiative, discipline, agency, and personal expressivity, ownership, and responsibility.


    Program Highlights

    Night shot of the Broadway show Paramour by Cirque du Soleil at the Lyric Theatre in New York Cit...

    MMC is conveniently located in the heart of NYC’s Upper East Side, close to several theatres, studios, and rehearsal spaces. You’ll have access to live theatre events throughout the city and are often given free tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. In addition, our BFA in Acting students have had multiple opportunities for professional internships in casting offices, theatre companies, and NYC-based programs.

    Theatre Studies class

    All BFA in Acting performance courses are kept small in order to foster personal relationships and connections between the faculty and students. As a result, our students feel supported and seen by the faculty throughout all four years of their training. Marymount Manhattan’s commitment to individual attention remains a unique and important advantage during college and post-graduation.

    MMC’s BFA in Acting provides intensive acting training within a strong liberal arts program, enabling you to explore multiple interests and become well-rounded, articulate, and multi-dimensional performers and artists. Many students choose to add another major or a minor to their BFA in Acting major, and MMC prides itself on helping students explore and develop a multitude of academic interests

    • Nadia Brown '17 

      Thanks to Marymount’s BFA Acting program, I have become a disciplined, well-versed actor and a well-rounded human being. I particularly attribute this to the integration of my liberal arts education. I have carried all of the vocal, movement, and acting techniques I learned in school with me into the professional world, and needless to say, I would not be where I am today without the help of all of my glorious teachers paving the way!

      Nadia Brown ’17

      Broadway, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
      Class of 2017, B.F.A. in Acting

      Meet Nadia
    • Dan Bittner '04 

      A true testament to a school is its teachers. I was trained by teachers that I will consider mentors for the rest of my life. Plus, I got to go to college in NYC!

      Dan Bittner ’04

      Broadway, The Vertical Hour
      Class of 2004, BFA in Acting

      Meet Dan
    • James Cusati-Moyer 

      MMC, with its strong liberal arts foundation and passionate faculty, provided me with the opportunity to grow as an artist and as a human being…opening my eyes to imagine my future…with curiosity, hope and a viewpoint of limitless possibilities.

      James Cusati-Moyer ’11

      Tony Award nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Slave Play 
      Class of 2011, BFA in Acting

      Meet James
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    Career and Outcomes

    Graduates of MMC’s Acting program are working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in film, television, and digital media, at regional theatres across the United States. Many of our alumni go on to great graduate schools such as Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, New York University, Carnegie-Mellon University, as well as in the United Kingdom. 

    productions and companies

    • Broadway
      • Hamilton
      • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
      • Kinky Boots
      • Slave Play
      • Tina! The Tina Turner Musical
    • Off-Broadway and Regional Theaters
      • The Civilians
      • Lincoln Center
      • The Public Theater
      • Repertorio Español
    • National Tours
    • Film and Television


    • Artistic Director, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
    • Arts Manager, Cooper Hewitt Museum
    • Associate Producer, Project Runway All Stars
    • Casting Director, Fox Casting
    • Creative Arts Therapist, Kings County Hospital
    • General Management Coordinator, The Public Theatre
    • Vice President of Editorial and Creative, Media Management Group

    Top College Program

    Each year, the team at OnStage Blog announces the best performing arts schools for the coming year based on research by theatre educators, students, alumni, and parents—the people who really know what’s important in theatre education. MMC made the cut and was praised for our impressive master classes and lectures.


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