Theatre Arts Program
The Theatre Arts Program is designed for those interested in a career in the performing arts as an actor, educator, entertainer, director, designer, stage manager, lighting, sound or video technician or any other related position in the dynamic and rapidly expanding entertainment industry. Students are interviewed to assure appropriate class placements. Students who meet all of the course standards graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre (B.F.A.).
Theatre majors will find a wide range of performance opportunities each semester on stage. Musicals, comedies, and dramatic productions are performed in the Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts located on the Five Towns College campus. Several courses are offered jointly by both the theatre and film/video facilities, creating unique interdisciplinary opportunities for aspiring actors and artists. Students participate in productions staged in the College’s 500 seat professionally-equipped theatre, described as “acoustically perfect”, in order to develop the skills required for competitive auditions for a career in theatre, television or film.
The coursework in theatre ensures that students receive a balanced education by requiring training in music, dance, acting, voice, general education and musical theatre production. At the end of the four years, students are given the opportunity to perform in a Senior Showcase. Students will prepare pieces and perform for Agents and Casting Directors in New York City as well as receive professional workshops, preparing them for a career in professional theatre.
Each applicant should be prepared to do two different monologues, and sing two songs of contrasting styles (see audition sheet on the website for more details). Students interested in an audition should contact Admissions to schedule an appointment.
Scholarships are offered to qualified individuals who perform well during their audition. Students with theatre experience will be given strong consideration for partial or full scholarships.
Theatre students participate in a wide range of stage experiences and learn from working professionals. Such dramatic presentations as The Children’s Hour, The Three Musketeers and Tom Stoppards Rock & Roll. Children’s Theatre productions have included High School Musical, Wizard of Oz and Cinderella. Children’s theatre has given students the opportunity to tour with a show, something they will experience in the profession.
Theatre students also have the opportunity to produce and perform their own work on our Main Stage via the Senior Projects classes and on numerous theatre, film and television productions on campus.
On the Main Stage theatre students worked on full scale productions of Hairspray, Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown, Ragtime, The Producers, Macbeth, and Spring Is Here.
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