Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting Concentration

An undergraduate degree with a concentration in acting.

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting Concentration


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting is intended for the dedicated and committed student who wishes to pursue a career as a professional actor, educator, or go on to graduate study. The Acting concentration provides the student with comprehensive core coursework in Acting, Voice, and Movement and includes supplemental coursework in Acting for the Camera, Dance, Stage Combat, Improvisation, and Shakespeare. Nationally and internationally recognized faculty members teach a holistic hands-on approach to the body, voice, and creative abilities in traditional and contemporary techniques. These, among others, include Stanislavsky, Meisner, Viewpoints, Michael Chekhov, Alexander, LeCoq, Suzuki, Linklater, Lessac, and Rodenburg.

Performance Opportunities

Over four years the students will have the opportunity to audition for multiple performance experiences including, but not limited to, classic American plays, contemporary plays, improv, workshop/works-in-progress, readings of new plays, devised performance, student-directed one-acts, student films, and other collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. Students may be cast as early as their first year of enrollment! BFA Acting majors are required to audition for every main-stage production and accept any role. Students are encouraged to audition for as many TATL Lab, Studio, Dance Concerts, and Directing Scenes, as schedules allow.

Stage and theatre

Maverick Theatre Company

The Maverick Theatre Company is the production company of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Texas at Arlington, providing a showcase for the creative research of the academic program.


Studio Theatre

The studio theatre is a black-box theatre with seating up to 150. Designed for a smaller audience, it has more flexibility than the main stage.

stage 143

Theatre Arts Teaching Lab

The Theatre Arts Teaching Lab (TATL), located in Fine Arts North room 143, is an experiential training ground for future theatre teachers. Through immersion and training in creative and collaborative educational theatre-making processes, TATL students are encouraged to experiment, collaborate, and adventure as they lead the production of laboratory performances each semester.

Program Audition

A limited number of students will be accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program to ensure personalized instruction and attention. You must be accepted by the university prior to auditioning for the program. Auditions for the BFA Acting degree consists of the following: 1. Two contrasting monologues from published plays, one minute in length each. 2. An optional 16-bar song. Visit the UTA Acceptd page to submit your audition.

Department Faculty & Staff

Felicia Bertch, MFA in Acting, BA in English

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Area Head BFA Acting

Felicia Bertch


Phone #: (817) 272-3176

Office: Fine Arts Building North 150

Megan Haratine, MFA in Acting, BA in Theatre

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Megan Haratine


Phone #: (817) 272-2650

Office: Fine Arts Building Central 268A

Darius Booker, MFA in Acting, BA in Theatre Arts

Adjunct Assistant Professor

BA in Theatre Arts

Darius Booker

Joe Chapa, MFA in Acting Performance, BA in Radio and Television Production

Associate Professor

Joe Chapa


Phone #: (817) 272-2567

Office: Fine Arts Building North 152

Andrew Christopher Gaupp, AEA, SCD Assoc., MFA In Drama, Trinity University, BA In Theatre Arts, Texas Tech University

Professor & Associate Department Chair

Maverick Theatre Company Artistic Director


Andrew Gaupp


Phone #: (817) 272-3141

Office: Fine Arts Building North 145

Dr. Julienne A. Greer, PhD in Humanities Aesthetic Studies, MA in Media Arts

Assistant Department Chair

Emotional Robotics Living Lab Director & BA Area Head

Dr. Julienne Aleta Greer, AEA


Phone #: (817) 272-0729

Office: Fine Arts Building Central 268B

Additional Info:: Dr. Julienne A. Greer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre; Social Robotics and Performance. She earned a BFA in Drama from NYU, an MA in Media Arts from TCU, and her Ph.D. in Humanities at UTD. Dr. Greer is an interdisciplinary scholar + artist working at the emerging intersection of theatre and social robotics. Her primary focus is examining Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) to “humanize” social robots to the nuances of human behavior and develop better human-robot relational outcomes. Dr. Greer works with interdisciplinary teams including Social Work, Education, Computer Science, and Engineering. Current work includes; Shakespeare and Robots: robots acting Shakespeare with older adults for psychological well-being, Caretaker Respite: building trust and connection between humans and robots so caretaker burden can be lessened, and Assistive Technologies for Persons with Disabilities: a National Science Foundation external grant working with undergraduate students to examine how technology can augment the capabilities of people with disabilities.

Laurel Whitsett, MA in Linguistics (in progress), MA in Drama Text and Performance Studies, BA in Theatre Arts

Senior Lecturer

Flight 12 Improv Director

Laurel Whitsett

Jay Duffer, MFA in Theatre Arts, BA in Music Education

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Managing Director, Amphibian Stage Productions

Jay Duffer

An Inside look at EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl

Enjoy a video journey through the play, performed at UTA with original music composed for the production.