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MFA in Acting: Film

In the MFA Acting program the core of our training is in live theatre — full-bodied artistry both in the studio and on the stage.  However, we also strongly believe that actors today can ill afford to enter the profession without skill in acting for camera.

In 2015, we formed an association with L.A. based screenwriter, director, producer, and teacher Paul Kampf as a recurring Guest Artist in Film.  Mr. Kampf has a background in theatre as well as film.  He specializes in micro-budget films made in an innovative model based upon collaborative theatre companies.  He has deep expertise in acting for camera as well as strong connections to the film industry.

The MFA classes of 2018 and 2020 worked with Mr. Kampf in intensives during each semester of training, culminating in fully produced short films in the final year of training.  The class of 2018 was featured in #Trending, a short film that was then incorporated into a featurette entitled Anonymous Content.  This class also made their own short film, White Wedding, with departmental support.  The class of 2020 was featured in a short film entitled Knoxville Winter.

Due to Mr. Kampf’s growing success in the film-making field, and also to the uncertainties of the Covid pandemic, this specific structure of this program is currently under review.  However, we remain committed to a strong component of acting for camera and film experience in the MFA program.  Stay tuned in the coming year for updates on this component of the MFA training.