Whether your goal is the stage, film or television, if you have a strong drive to perform, the best place to start is the Acting program in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts. Here, you'll be able to combine a liberal arts education with a focused course of study taught by professional, working actors.

You'll attend classes right in the middle of one of the nation's largest thriving artistic communities – Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts – steps away from the Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater and the Academy of Music, and within easy reach of more than 100 theater and performing arts companies. You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate with other UArts students on projects like films and student-directed theater. And you’ll have a chance to gain international inspiration through our student exchange program with the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England.

Acting majors get both experience and exposure through a variety of performance opportunities – from UArts productions and audition showcases to small, experimental theater and huge Broadway-style productions. Here's just one example of a recent production featuring UArts Acting students: "Pay Up," a site-specific, choose-your-own adventure performance installation about buying and selling everything under the sun, produced by Philly's experimental Pig Iron Theatre Company.

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After UArts

Learn more about alumni like Jennifer Childs BFA '90 (Acting) who have found success after graduating from UArts.

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In the News

Theater faculty, alumni take top honors at 2015 Barrymore Awards, including Ben Dibble BFA ’00 (Musical Theater), named Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Featured Student Work

Work by Acting students is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.