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Contemporary Theater

B.F.A. in Contemporary Theater

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About the Program
Your Training
Curriculum Overview
Your Future
Your Teachers
NEW! Q&A with Faculty Member Alli Ross
Application Requirements


About the Program

The B.F.A. in Contemporary Theater is designed for the student whose interest in theater is multidisciplinary, entrepreneurial and fueled by the desire to create new, cutting-edge and collaborative works that inspire and resonate with today’s audiences. This ensemble-based and interdisciplinary program combines the artistic rigor of Boston Conservatory training, the intellectual stimulation of a strong academic core and the creative challenges of an Ensemble Performance Laboratory to nurture young artists to become versatile, bold, generous, compassionate and highly-skilled voices of the 21st-century theater.  

Your Training

As members of an ensemble, students explore multiple roles in the collaborative creative process—performer, director/facilitator, researcher/writer, designer, producer—and train with renowned Boston Conservatory faculty members and guest artists from the most innovative ensemble theaters working today. The ensemble devising process is central to the program: students will devise, workshop, perform and tour their original works. The senior year Individual Exploration encourages students to immerse themselves in an area of their choice through internships and apprenticeships, independent research projects or specialized training.

Your Future

Graduates of the program will be prepared to meet a wide range of opportunities in the 21st-century theater landscape: devising and performing with professional theater companies and ensembles; writing, producing and performing in new media formats; creating their own companies; directing community or youth-based theater initiatives; working in theater education, applying ensemble theater practices to social justice issues and organizations; furthering their training in M.A. or M.F.A. programs.

Your Teachers



Wanda Strukus, program director
Olivier Besson
Christopher James Webb
Alli Ross
Alyssa Schmidt
Marissa Rae Roberts
John Kuntz
Tony Arnold
Paul D'Agostino

Q&A With Alli Ross

(Ensemble Performance Lab, Theater and Community Engagement)

Q: What is contemporary theater?
A: Contemporary theater acknowledges the histories of each genre of performance and then looks for unexpected collisions between those genres.

Q: What is ensemble? 
A: An intensely focused way of working together with others without having to say a word.

Q: Why theater, now?
A: It is one of the most provocative ways to share a story and inspire change. 

Q: What are you most passionate about?
A: The body as instrument for all emotions.

Q: What or where is the most interesting place you've performed?
A: On top of a book shelf.

Q: If you had to choose one word to describe your teaching style/philosophy, what would it be?
A: "Facilitate"

Application Requirements

As part of the B.F.A. in contemporary theater application process, both an in-person individual audition and an in-person ensemble audition are required. Because of the ensemble nature of the program, we do not accept recorded auditions.

Auditions will be held in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco throughout January and February 2015.

For more information about the application process, click here.

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