Each incoming BFA class, numbering approximately 20 students, moves as a group through the four years of training, forming a company, with a strong emphasis on the idea of ensemble. In addition to learning from the BFA core faculty, students benefit from instruction by visiting teachers, directors, and other artists.
The majority of classroom work takes place on-campus and off-campus at the Guthrie Theater.
The Four Year Plan shows what a BFA student can expect during their four years in the program. BFA students will also spend the fall semester of their junior year abroad in London. Experiences have included intensive work with the Globe Theatre, London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), and with many highly qualified London based professional artists.
BFA students have opportunities to perform in classroom projects each year on the stages on campus and at the Guthrie. Students may also choose to audition for several summer performance opportunities, including the University of Minnesota Showboat Players, a summer stock theatre company performing each year on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat.