The Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Acting Performance is a 15-month program designed to meet the needs of students who wish to become professional actors. The goal of the College is to provide the finest training available, with a strong educational background to prepare the student actor for a career in the competitive business of television, film, and stage performance.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Baylor University, and his M.F.A. degree in Acting from Wayne State University. Mike has taught theater history, voice, and performance at Baylor University, Brookhaven College, Tarrant County College and Trinity Valley College. He has acted in over 70 productions, including venues in New York City, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville and Dallas. Mike has directed professionally in New York City and Dallas. In 2004, he co-founded Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, where he served as public relations coordinator for two years and is currently on the advisory board.
The first semester focuses on exploring the practical and theoretical use of the body and mind as instruments for performance through intense movement, voice, and acting classes. The second semester is geared toward further developing strong emotional connections to characters through scene study. In the third semester, students work on strengthening their listening and reacting skills, as well as identifying and developing the sub-text of a script. During the fourth semester, the curriculum concentrates on refining the skills students have acquired during the previous semesters while expanding their knowledge of the professional world.
Our instructors are selected on the basis of their professional experience and educational achievement. In order to ensure the highest standards of professionalism, we seek instructors from those sectors of the entertainment industry which closely relate to the subject area being taught.