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Theatre Arts Program
The Theatre Arts Program at Five Towns College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B. F. A.) degree with concentrations in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Design/Technology. Students interested in professional careers in Acting, Singing, Dancing, Musical Theatre, Set, Lights, and Costume Design, or Technical Direction will receive a conservatory education in these areas.
Acting Majors receive training in the Stanislavsky System, using the exercises and tools from faculty who have trained directly with Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, and Hagen. Additionally students will train in physical theatre (movement, stage combat, Alexander Technique, and Viewpoints), voice, speech, and dialects, acting for Shakespeare and acting for the camera. All actors perform in our Senior Showcase for agents and casting directors.
Musical Theatre Concentration
Musical Theatre Majors develop the triple-threat skills in singing, dancing, and acting required for careers on Broadway and Regional Theatre. Five Towns College offers dance classes every semester in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and theatrical dancing, as well as private singing lessons weekly, and intensive acting training. Students in Musical Theatre work with successful profession faculty in classes and with directors, as well as developing demo reels for their future careers in the business. As with the actors, musical theatre actors perform in a Senior Showcase.
Theatrical Design & Technology Concentration
Design/Tech Majors develop skills in six areas: set, lights, costume, stage management, technical direction, and sound design for the stage, in order to prepare careers for all aspects of stage design and technology. Design/tech majors participate in Stage Source in Boston, USITT, and other conferences for job placement.
All of our students are exposed to New York City professionals (agents and casting directors, as well as Broadway and Regional stage designers and directors) creating a working environment 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.
Interview with the Theatre Chair
Listen below to an interview with Theatre Arts Chair David Krasner, in which he discusses the Program and other issues in education in Episode One of Beyond The Bright Lights, a podcast brought to you by Five Towns College that explores the range of careers of people involved in all aspects of the entertainment business.
Actors, musicians, music producers, engineers, filmmakers, educators, executives, broadcasters and everything in between are featured in the Beneath the Bright Lights podcasts. Click here to stream other episodes via this website, or subscribe to this podcast via Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.