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.
FTC Theatre Division Bios
MARIE DANVERS (Head of Musical Theatre) is best known for her starring turn as Christine in the Broadway and National Touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, having worked with producer/director Hal Prince. She has sung all over the world as Maria in West Side Story as well as the National and International Tour of The Fantasticks with Robert Goulet. She has appeared Off-Broadway with the Manhattan Theater Club and on Television in As The World Turns. Across the country she has played leading roles in A Chorus Line, Company, The Mikado, Brigadoon, Lend Me a Tenor, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Cyrano de Bergerac to name a few. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and received two Distinguished Alumni awards – one from Suffolk Community College, and the other from Oklahoma City University, where she earned a BFA in Dance. In May 2017, she received the Lorraine Kleinman Excellence in Teaching Award from Five Towns College.
MILTON JUSTICE (Head of Acting) has had the privilege of coaching and teaching a wide range of actors including Mark Ruffalo, Kevin Bacon, Chris Carmack, Sean Astin, Kyra Sedgwick, Benecio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Kathy Bates, and Patrick Stewart – to name a few. He has taught at Yale, N.Y.U., U.S.C., Unitec in New Zealand, as well as workshops in South Korea, Australia and The Czech Republic. For his work in film and television, he has received an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Nominations. Milton began his theatre career on Broadway, producing the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre. His most recent film producing effort, Losing Chase, marked Kevin Bacon’s directorial debut, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won a Golden Globe Award for Helen Mirren. In March of 2017, he presented a Workshop at the International Stanislavsky Seminar in Prague.
TIM GOLEBIEWSKI (Scenic Design) is enjoying his second year as a faculty member at Five Towns College. Off Broadway credits include: Beneath the Gavel (59 E 59); Liberty: A Monumental New Musical (Theater 80); Regional: The Surrogate, Centenary Stage; Tommy and Into the Woods, (Scenic/Projection Design) Forestburgh Playhouse; Big Love and O’Beautiful, Connecticut Repertory Theatre. He is also the resident scenic/projection designer at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, as well as serving as Assistant Set Designer to James Youmans on To Kill a Mockingbird and The Cocktail Hour, The Guthrie. Previously, Tim was a faculty member/resident designer for Connecticut College for five years and also served as assistant to multiple Emmy award winning designer, Bob Phillips.
SHERRY KFARE (Costume Design) 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 FTC and USDAN. She is the owner and designer of Sherry L. Theatrical Costumes. 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.
MICHAEL VISCO (Technical Director) is a freelance Lighting Designer whose work has been seen at various venues in New York and Florida. He is also the Technical Director for the Five Towns College Performing Arts Center. Michael attended Florida State University, where he received his M.F.A. in Lighting Design.
RONALD LAND (vocal coach) has cultivated a distinguished reputation as one of the most sought-after voice/opera coaches in the United States. His unique background in musical comedy as well as classical music has allowed him to enjoy focusing his attention on the diverse theatrical and musical aspects of shaping the modern opera/musical theater singer. As a coach-accompanist he has worked in many American opera companies, including Des Moines Metro Opera, International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Augusta Opera, and Opera New Jersey where he worked for nine seasons. Mr. Land has been involved with many teaching programs and masterclasses aimed at the development of the young artists. He currently enjoys working with Martina Arroyo in both the summer “Prelude to Performance” program and the “American Singer’s Opera Project,” concentrating on character development and role preparation.
ROB GALLAGHER (vocal coach) has had a professional acting and singing career spanning 15 years. On Broadway he performed in the Tony Award winning revival of Roger’s and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (performing the lead role of Emile De Becque), and starred as Javert in Les Miserables. He appeared off Broadway in Forbidden Broadway, Reefer Madness, and Fiorello! with City Center Encores! He appeared as the title role on the international tour of Yeston/Kopit’s Phantom. He has worked with such notable performers as Matthew Morrison, Kristen Bell, Paula Abdul, Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Danny Burstein, and many others.