HEGIS Code 1007.00 Inventory of Registered Program Code: 22134
The Theatre Arts Program develops knowledge, skill, and conservatory training in acting, singing, dancing, and theatrical design and technology. The Program provides a broad range of experiences in multiple classes and shows, enabling students to prepare for careers in theatre, film, television, internet, and other multi-media productions that incorporate comedy, tragedy, drama, musicals, and video. Close to New York City, the Theatre Program utilizes the proximity by regularly inviting professional guest directors from Broadway and movies to direct our productions and offer master classes.
Students in the Theatre Arts Program select one of the following concentrations. The 24 credits in the selected concentration, together with the 36 credits in Liberal Arts/Common Core, and 51 credits in Theatre Arts Courses, and 9 Electives constitute the 120-credit requirement for the Bachelor Fine Arts in the Theatre Arts Program.
The Acting Concentration in Theatre Arts prepares students for in-depth study of the Stanislavsky System, including training that incorporates the scene study techniques of the great acting teachers: Meisner, Adler, Strasberg, Hagen, Michael Chekhov, Vakhtangov, and Grotowski. Additionally, students participate in stage combat, Laban movement, Viewpoints, voice and diction, accents and dialects, Alexander and Feldenkrais technique, acting for camera, and Shakespeare and Classical acting, culminating in a Senior Showcase for agents, casting directors, and other industry professionals.
Musical Theatre Concentration
The Musical Theatre Concentration in Theatre Arts prepares students for the necessary triple-threat of acting, singing, and dancing. Along with the acting training, musical theatre students participate in private, one-on-one singing lessons every semester, and dance classes every semester in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop, and Theatrical Dancing. Students also study singing techniques for Cabaret and Choral performances, audition techniques, and culminate their work in a Senior Showcase for agents, casting directors, and other industry professionals.
Theatrical Design and Technology Concentration
The Design and Technology Concentration in Theatre Arts prepares students for work in the five areas of their professional career: set design, lighting design, costume design, stage management, and technical director. Students participate in every aspect for set, light, and costume construction, as well as designing in areas of interest. Students also participate in United States Institute of Technology and Stage Source in Boston, showcasing their work to industry professionals.
The courses below are required of all students in the Theatre Arts Program.