Kristin Chenoweth headlining Oklahoma City University's new acting master's degree program
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, according to a news release.
The master class faculty will include Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth.
An OCU graduate, Chenoweth will conduct master classes at least once a year for OCU MFA students in L.A. 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, according to the news release.
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 in a statement. “The program will offer invaluable experience working alongside, and networking with, actors, directors, casting directors, agents and producers in both L.A. and London.”
Chenoweth has taken a special interest this year in helping students at her alma mater achieve their performing arts dreams. As previously reported, the Tony- and Emmy-winning performer accepted an appointment in spring as artist in residence at OCU.
As previously reported, she ended up teaching her first master class after her appointment via Zoom while sheltering in place at her home in New York City.
Alongside the foundational study of acting technique while studying in L.A., 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, according to the news release.