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.
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.
ALEXA GREEN (Musical Theatre) is best known for her turn as Glinda in the Los Angeles and San Francisco companies of the hit Broadway musical Wicked. She appeared alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone in the international cinematic release of Stephen Sondheim’s Company with The New York Philharmonic live from Lincoln Center. Alexa has toured both nationally and internationally as a singer and actor on national tours and regionally and is passionate about the development of new musical theatre. She has appeared as a guest star with symphonies nationwide and has most recently worked in the studio with 16-time, Grammy Award-winning record producer and songwriter, David Foster, on his upcoming Broadway projects.
She has been featured in the acclaimed concert series Broadway Sings, with Carole King at Avery Fisher Hall, and with Aaron Tveit on his Live Nation concert tour and received critical acclaim for her sold-out solo show, A Shining Hour, at Feinstein’s 54 Below. Broadway Records recently released Alexa’s debut solo album, So Good, and was nominated among Broadway legends Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, and Barbra Streisand winning Best New Solo Recording at the 2016 Broadway World Awards. As an educator, Alexa currently owns her own private voice practice in NYC and is in residence working with singers, actors and speakers both at the college and professional level. She lectures nationwide on vocal health and longevity as well as musical theatre and contemporary commercial music vocal technique. Alexa holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and is a current graduate student in Music and Music Education with a specialization in vocal pedagogy at Columbia University, Teachers College.
DAN RENKIN (Stage Combat) assisted Tony-recipient B.H. Barry on Broadway’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and taught for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Circle in the Square, HB Studio and NYFA (founding faculty, Musical Theatre division.) He has fought and coached at the Metropolitan Opera and was a stunt coordinator on “As The World Turns.” Recent productions include Douglas Beane’s To Wong Foo and Hood! (NYC Workshops), R&J&Z (New Ohio), Poppea (Aspen Opera), Punk Rock (Montclair), Fruit Trilogy (Abingdon), Extinction (Guild Hall/Sawyer Spielberg), Monte Cristo (NLTP), Pirira (NYIT Award, Theatre 167), All My Sons (Alec Baldwin, Laurie Metcalf), and Loveless Texas (Sheen).
HALI BEKOFSKY (Dance) was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She was a
competitive dancer from the ages of seven to seventeen and upon finishing high school attended the University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia, where she graduated in May 2010 with a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance Performance. While attending UArts she received the Faculty Award for “Excellence in Dance”, was a founding member and soloist of the Xhale Dance Company, and, simultaneously, received her Certification in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness and Sports through Stony Brook University.
After graduation she was honored to have the opportunity to dance for a year in Israel under the MASA Apprentice Program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and upon returning to NYC, she worked with companies such as Michael Susten and Company, DeMa Dance Company, Leon Contemporary Dance Company, Amalgamate Dance Company, BEings Dance Company and performed different project works at APAP Festival, NYC REVERBdance, The Young Choreographers Festival and as a dancer for recording artist Ja’Shayla at Gap Stores. In 2013 she became a 200hr certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and from 2013-2016 she was the Creator/Co-Owner of Mindful Practice Workshop: Conditioning and Wellness for the Competitive Dancer which was featured in the February 2015 edition of Dance Studio Life Magazine. In addition to being at Five Towns College, she is a dance teacher in NY where she teaches multiple levels and styles, a choreographer for competitive gymnastic floor routines, and is a JV Dance Team Coach at a local high school.
KATE EMINGER is a director and filmmaker based in New York. She has developed work for Ars Nova, Dixon Place, The Drama League, IRT, NYU, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Luna Stage, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NYC Fridge Festival, Gowanus Arts Productions, and Wide Eyed Productions, among others. Selected directing credits: Cape Disappointment by The Debate Society, reluctant to burn and no seconds by Korde Arrington Tuttle, nightnight by Lucas Hnath (The New School), Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, trans. Sarah Ruhl (GAP, New York Premiere), Endgame by Samuel Beckett, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, and Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl (Ausitn Playhouse, Regional Premiere). Assistant Directing: Daniel Aukin, Les Waters, Meredith McDonough, and Ian Belknap, among others. She is a Lincoln Center Directors Lab member (2014), Actors Theater of Lousiville Directing Intern (2012-2013), and a SPACE on Ryder Farm Resident Chef. MFA directing: The New School www.keminger.com
MICHAEL COSTA (Technical Director/ Scenic Design) – is happy to be in an environment of collaborative artists at Five Towns College. Michael has served as Designer and Technical Director in theatres all over the New England Region. Credits include: A Little Night Music (Master Carpenter, Barnstormers), Anything Goes (Scenic Designer, College Light Opera Company), Legally Blonde (Assistant Technical Director, Boston Children’s Theatre), Tuesday’s with Morrie (Technical Director, Acadia Repertory Theatre), Some Problems for the Moose Lodge (Technical Venue Manager, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival), The Silencer (Light/Sound Designer, NYWinterfest), Measure for Measure (Technical Director,Brown Box Theatre Project). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Theatre & Acting from Dean College. Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of New York City-based summerstock, Aficionado Theatre Company
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.
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.
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.