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Broadway Superstar Headlines New OCU Acting Master’s Degree Program

Kristin Chenoweth masterclass
Kristin Chenoweth in OCU's Petree Recital Hall in 2011.

Oklahoma City University, in partnership with the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, will offer a new master’s degree in screen acting in two of the world’s entertainment capitals, beginning in January.

The Master of Fine Arts in Screen Acting is a highly specialized two-year program that will be taught in Los Angeles and London. The program starts with hands-on learning in Los Angeles’ historic Culver City, complete with internships at LA film studios. During the second year of the program, students will study in London at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

Master class faculty includes Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, an OCU alumna. Chenoweth will conduct master classes at least once a year for OCU MFA students in LA. The Oklahoma City University School of Theatre’s Los Angeles location is near Amazon Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Apple+ Studios, HBO Studios, Jesse James Films and others.

The program will prepare graduates to work professionally in film, television and other recorded media venues.

“Students will learn how to develop, pitch and produce their own content,” said OCU School of Theatre Dean Mark Parker. “The program will offer invaluable experience working alongside, and networking with, actors, directors, casting directors, agents and producers in both LA and London.”

Alongside the foundational study of acting technique while studying in LA, students will engage in multiple digital media projects of their own, a range of workshops and events with industry professionals, and a research project on an aspect of screen history or film/TV theory. Students also will screen a film project and participate in a pitching session to industry professionals. In London, students will study specific technical skills in voice, movement, stage combat and improvisation. The program culminates with a thesis production project.

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