MajorBachelor of Fine Arts
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Where Dreams Take Center Stage.

The BFA in Acting offered by Butler University’s Department of Theatre is designed for dedicated undergraduate students passionate about honing their acting skills. This comprehensive program combines rigorous actor training with hands-on production experiences across all facets of theatre to ensure a well-rounded education for aspiring actors.

As a student in this program, you’ll immerse yourself in a curriculum encompassing acting, vocal techniques, stage movement, design and technology, history, directing, and much more. And you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your talents in a diverse array of genres, including contemporary, classical, musical, international, children’s theatre, and devised works, in venues as intimate as our 100-seat studio theater to as grand as our grand 2,200-seat venue.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • TH 121 – Stage Movement I
  • TH 122 – Voice for the Actor 1
  • TH 250 – Text Analysis
  • TH 323 – Physical Theatre Topics
  • TH 331 – Scenography 

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Diane Timmerman
Professor of Theatre and Department Chair
Butler Theatre – JCA
DianeTimmerman, Chair, Professor of Theatre Diane is a professional actor, voiceover artist, director, and producer with longstanding memberships in Equity (Actors’ Equity Association), SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild + American Federation of…
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Andres Lopez
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Butler Theatre – JCA
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Elaina Artemiev
Associate Professor of Theatre
Butler Theatre – JCA
 Elaina Artemiev bioWhy I love Theatre Because to me it is an extension of life and is a means to emphasizing the joys of interpersonal communication.Why I love Butler Why I love ButlerIt is a great team, a family of people passionate about art who…
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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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