Helping students master the craft of acting through proven performance techniques. 

We prepare our students for professional acting careers, while fostering personal and creative growth. Through coursework and extracurricular activities, you'll discover opportunities to:

  • Analyze and prepare a role for performance
  • Acquire dialects common in professional theatre, including British RP, West Coast Irish, Cockney, Queens/Long Island and American Southern
  • Improve movement skills and expressivity through focused work on centering, releasing and developing new tools for characterization
  • Experience stage combat
  • Explore psychophysical, improvisation and mask techniques

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Four-year program guide

After Graduation

Our graduates have starred in the following national performances.

Recent Productions
The Book of Mormon
Freedom Train
HBO's Boardwalk Empire
Cody Strand

Success Stories

Cody Strand chose USD because "I knew what they do there was good stuff and I could learn what I needed to learn."