Students of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program receive nationally-ranked training among one of the country’s most established arts communities. The program aims to train actors with an emphasis on excellence and individuality while providing an inspirational foundation for each student’s life-long journey of learning and artistic expression.
“Every detail of a costume tells the audience something specific about the person wearing the costume,” says 2018 MFA costume design graduate Brandi Mans. She reflects on her thesis for Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, in which she navigates the visual language of clothing to tell historical narratives of medical practice and female sexuality.
Recent graduate JT Weaver calls framing his dance major in a liberal arts context “game-changing.” His well-rounded education equipped him to explore ideas through movement and to create dance pieces that are thoughtfully crafted ideas of creative research. “The biggest takeaway from my time at the University is my level of awareness in all facets of my life,” Weaver says. “My years at the U instilled an approach to life that is highly thoughtful and perspective-driven.”
Dive into some of the work and experiences of the Bessie Award winning Talvin Wilks. His work in theatre and dance uncovers the stories of individuals, generations and minority cultures while working with renowned artist Ping Chong and other major choreographers and companies.
Taking the path less travelled, senior Matthew Meeks graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and a theatre minor bringing together his solid business and management education to play the role of stage manager.
For centuries, the stage has provided a place to explore, praise, and criticize the social movements and current events of the time. PhD student David Melendez spent last summer studying how indigenous history is interpreted and displayed through California’s missions, and the impact on surrounding communities.