Theatre Arts Program
Unified Auditions at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL are Feb. 5-8, 2018. Go to Salon 5 Conference Room. Click here to find out how to audition for Dr. Krasner.
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 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.
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.
Theatre Arts College 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
DR. DAVID KRASNER (Chair of Theatre Division) has been teaching acting and theatre for 40 years. He was a professional actor in New York for 12 years, and has appeared on both stage and film. He was the director of undergraduate theatre studies at Yale University for ten years, Head of the B.F.A. acting program at Emerson College for five years, Dean of the School of the Arts at Dean College for five years, Head of the graduate directing program at Southern Illinois University for two years, and taught acting, voice, speech, movement and directed plays at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York for nine years. Not surprisingly, many of his past students have also gone on to win Obie and Tony Awards.
Dr. Krasner studied acting under Paul Mann, Kim Stanley and Barbara Loden, and holds a Ph. D. in Drama from Tufts University. He is the author and editor of eleven books covering topics from Method acting, theatre history, dramatic literature, modern drama, African American theatre, theatre and philosophy, American drama, dramatic theory and criticism. He serves on the board of editors for Stanislavsky Studies, Theatre Journal, and African American Review. He was the recipient of the Betty Jean Jones Award for the best teacher of American theatre and drama (2008), and has twice received the Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theatre Research for the best work on African American Theatre (1998, 2002). He is also the co-editor of the University of Michigan Press’s series on Theatre. As an actor, he last performed Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge in Massachusetts, which can be seen on YouTube.
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 among others. 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 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 yearses. 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 and classical music has allowed him to focus 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.