The Acting/ Directing program is constructed to help students meet the rigorous demands of a professional career in acting and provide a strong foundation and practical experience for future directors. From your first semester on you will be in performance classes taught by academically and professionally experienced faculty. Unlike huge and impersonal schools, acting opportunities in all productions at Colorado Mesa University are open to motivated and talented freshmen.
In our array of Acting classes you will be exposed to techniques and approaches that are industry standards today. Training is grounded in Stanislavski, Meisner, Cohen, Spolin, and Epstein and Harrop for Period work. Voice and movement classes are complimented by individual vocal lessons and performance opportunities in student and faculty choreographed Dance Concerts.
Acting students also audition for one act plays directed by the Directing classes each year. The Department's new experimental black-box theatre allows for a second season of experimental and other challenging productions.
Colorado Mesa University is strategically located at the hub of a circle of important entertainment centers such as Aspen, Telluride, Moab, and Park City, Utah. There are Regional Theaters of international repute within driving distance such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The Moss Performing Arts Center, which houses the Theatre and Music departments and all of their seasonal concert, play, theatrical, and dance offerings is the largest arts and cultural facility between Denver and Salt Lake City.
At Colorado Mesa University, we are committed to the philosophy of training theatrical entrepreneurs. And we do it in an environment of low teacher to student ratios so that personal attention and mentoring are possible. Our many graduates who are working in the business from New York City to Los Angeles, Chicago, and Tokyo have informed us that CMU's approach was invaluable.