Theatre Arts Program
Welcome to the Theatre Arts Division @ FTC! Please check out these videos of recent performances to get an insider’s look into this boutique academic division. Then, read below to learn more about our Theatre Arts degree program and its esteemed faculty.
About the Program
The Theatre Arts Program leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.), and is designed for students interested in a performing arts career as an actor, director, designer, stage manager, lighting, sound or video technician in theatre and music theatre. In addition, the College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Our theatrical performances and academic programs combine drama study and theatre training in a comprehensive curriculum.
Through an extensive mix of coursework and public performances, you will become well-rounded in all aspects of the performance profession; learning the craft of acting, developing your own programs and conducting hands-on work and training, such as lighting, set design, costumes, sound, make up, hair and props. Several courses are offered jointly by both the theatre and film/video divisions, creating unique interdisciplinary opportunities for aspiring actors and artists.
You will find a wide range of performance opportunities each semester. Musicals, comedies and dramatic productions are performed in the Five Towns College Performing Arts Center located on the Five Towns College campus. At the end of four years, you will be given the opportunity to perform in a Senior Showcase, where you will prepare pieces and perform for agents and casting directors in New York City, as well as attend professional workshops.
Theatre Arts Audition Requirements
Each applicant is required to perform one monologue and sing one song. Students will be scored based on performance, ability to follow direction, attitude and preparation. Download the Theatre Arts Audition Requirements (PDF) here.
JAMES BENEDUCE received his M.F.A. from the University of Delaware. In addition to Five Towns College, James has worked at Suffolk College, Dowling College, York College and the NY Film Academy. James has worked at such venues as the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Long Island Shakespeare Festival, The Olney Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and on a production of Oedipus with world renowned Director Tadashi Suzuki. He is a member of AEA (Actors’ Equity Association). He worked as a fight choreographer on the Regional level and was the Resident Fight Choreographer for the Long Island Shakespeare Festival, the University of Delaware (PTTP), Suffolk College and Five Towns College.
MILTON JUSTICE has taught at Yale, in South Korea, New Zealand and Los Angeles. As an acting teacher, he has had the privilege of coaching and teaching a wide range of actors including Mark Ruffalo, Kevin Bacon, Chris Carmack, Sean Astin, Kyra Sedgwick, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Kathy Bates, and Patrick Stewart – to name a few. For his work in film and television, he has received an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a cable ACE Award and two Golden Globe Nominations. Milton began his theatre career on Broadway, producing the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre. In 1988, Stella Adler appointed him to teach at her Los Angeles Conservatory as well as selecting him to be the Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Theatre Company. His most recent film producing effort, Losing Chase, marked Kevin Bacon’s directorial debut. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won a Golden Globe Award for Helen Mirren.
MARIE DANVERS has played Christine in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and has been a professional actor for over 20 years.
SHERRY KFARE has worked professionally in theatre as a designer, director, and teacher for over 40 years. Sherry has served on the faculty of Lynbrook Children’s Theatre, Theatre Workshop, and Islip High School. As a designer, she has worked in regional theatres and various theatre companies in Manhattan and Long Island. She is currently resident costume designer at Five Towns College and Usdan. In the past, she has worked as resident designer at “The Stage” and Broadhollow Theatre at Elmont. She is the owner and designer of Sherry L. Theatrical Costumes. Some of her credits include: My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Sound of Music, South Pacific, Music Man, Hamlet, Annie, Hello Dolly, Boys from Syracuse, Secret Garden, and Blues Clues (world premiere). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Arts/Theatre Arts from Pace University and a Master’s degree from Brooklyn College.