Theatre Arts Program
Welcome to the Theatre Arts Division @ FTC! Please check out the video below 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 B.F.A. Theatre Program
The Theatre Arts Program at Five Towns College leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B. F. A.) degree with concentrations available in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Design/Technology. Students interested in careers in musical theatre, acting, set-lighting-costume design, and theatre technology will receive a quality education in these areas. In Musical Theatre, students will develop the triple-threat skills (singing-dancing-acting) required for careers on Broadway and Regional Theatres. Five Towns College offers dance classes (ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and theatrical dancing), private singing lessons every semester, and intensive acting training.
In Acting, students will receive training in the Stanislavsky System, physical theatre (stage combat, movement, voice, and speech), and acting for film and television. Students in Musical Theatre and Acting work with successful professionals in the Five Towns College Film/Video program developing demo reels for their future careers in the business. And for designers, students will gain well-rounded skills in the multiple areas of sets, lights, and costuming, as well as sound design and the use of advanced, up-to-date technological instruments. All of our students are exposed to New York City professionals (agents, casting directors, Broadway directors and designers), creating a mix of academic and professional experiences. See for yourself how Five Towns College Theatre Division students concentrating in Theatrical Design & Technology build a set for a show production:
Through course work and practical application on stage, students will receive all the training aspects of a conservatory, with the added benefit of a small college environment that affords individualized and personalized attention. The Five Towns College Performing Arts Center hosts the main stage and produces high quality musicals, dramas, and comedies, directed by experienced professionals. There is also a Studio Theatre, Dancing Studio and many opportunities to perform for the community.
The focus here is hands-on training, wide-ranging performance opportunities, and a senior showcase in the last year, where you will perform before invited agents and casting directors in New York City. The campus is located about 45 minutes from downtown Manhattan and gives Five Towns College the advantage of being easily in reach of the City while offering the privacy of the suburbs, where students can hone their craft and develop the tools for successful careers.