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Student Performers & Directors

Our curriculum encompasses all aspects of performance and directing, with studio classes that teach fundamental skills and a process that can be put into practice in productions throughout your four years at UIndy.

Building your performing & directing experience

Understanding the creative process and combining that with practical experience is central to budding performers and directors for thriving in the business of theatre. This is why we focus on guiding you in developing your own performance or directing process you can use in whatever genre, style or period you face.

While at UIndy, you'll have opportunities to build your performance and directing skills through:

  • Being able to audition for every role your first semester. It's not uncommon to see freshmen in major roles in main stage faculty-directed productions. Competition for roles is rigorous but not overwhelming. You will not be forced to compete against graduate students or dozens of other majors for a handful of roles.
  • Taking courses in acting, acting styles, movement, voice, acting for the camera, stage combat, auditioning, dialects and more that are integrated into a system that allows you to develop a process that's right for you.
  • Taking courses in directing in which you actually select the material you present in class and use your peers as actors in hands-on class presentations. Directing scenes are presented to the public at the end of the semester.
  • Assistant directing a faculty or guest artist directed production. Virtually every director offers the opportunity for students to be assistant directors under them.
  • Directing a Student-Directed production (SDP). Students can petition to direct an SDP and, if selected, run the whole show. Faculty and staff members will be there for guidance and support, but SDPs are perhaps the most rewarding and educational learning experience you'll have.
  • Learning how to analyze a play for production, not just its literary elements
  • Learning about theatre history to put plays in their historical context
  • Working side-by-side with guest artists–professional teachers, designers, directors, choreographers, stage managers and technicians–whom we frequently hire to work on productions. 
  • Taking our seminar courses that culminate in a Senior Capstone experience in which you present your artistic portfolio of monologues, ready for real world auditions after graduation.
  • Getting involved in a large and growing local theatre community in Indianapolis