The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program offers an undergraduate training curriculum, which leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. This program is unique as it combines a core of theatre courses with a full liberal arts curriculum, merging the University of Minnesota's outstanding academics with the world of professional theatre under the auspices of the acclaimed Guthrie Theater.
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U of M/Guthrie Theater Partnership
The Guthrie Theater and the University of Minnesota began their relationship when renowned director Sir Tyrone Guthrie established the theater that bears his name. A key reason why Guthrie chose the Twin Cities for his flagship theater was the stimulating academic and artistic environment of the University of Minnesota. Recognizing the potential for collaboration, former U of M theatre arts program head Dr. Frank Whiting and Guthrie soon partnered to establish adventurous, groundbreaking educational programs that succeeded in serving the nation.
More than 50 years later, the U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program continues this partnership with an innovative curriculum based upon the artistic vision of the Guthrie Theater and the academic integrity of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.