Roger Rees teaching Acting Shakespeare (students pictured left to right: Ian Lassiter, Jeffrey Glaser, Christina Bennett Lind, Kelley Curran)
"The high quality of training shows in the students' work which is of the caliber of a graduate program. In the senior showcase, I saw a personal uniqueness about each actor, and an individual approach to character which demonstrated great inner depth."
- Julie Tucker, Casting Director (Nurse Jackie)
“The energy and skills Fordham students bring to their theatre classes are an inspiration to a teacher.”
- Marian Seldes, Actor and Fordham Theatre Adjunct Faculty
Fordham Theatre training embraces a company concept with all theatre students participating as members of the Fordham University Theatre Company. With four mainstage shows and up to 20 studio shows each year, students are continually learning by doing.
Theatre majors pursue a concentration of study in any of four areas: Performance, Design and Production, Directing, or Playwriting. The theatre curriculum, which reflects the faculty’s belief that theatre is an interdisciplinary art, emphasizes the collaborative links between these disciplines.
The diversification of faculty and distinguished guest artists gives students exciting opportunities to work with leading theatre professionals and begin to focus on their particular interests and strengths.
Students receive a strong liberal arts foundation creating the breadth of knowledge that marks the educated person. The core curriculum, taught by Fordham’s distinguished arts and sciences faculty, includes courses in the arts, social sciences, literature, philosophy, theology, history, and modern and classical languages. There are also opportunities to take academic electives and to have an academic minor.
Foundation courses required of all Theatre Majors:
THEA2080 Collaboration I (open to theatre majors only)
THEA2090 Collaboration II (open to theatre majors only)
THEA2011 Text Analysis
THEA2000 Theatre History I: The Greeks
THEA2100 Theatre History II: Medieval to the Restoration
THEA2200 Theatre History III: Modern to the Present
Theatre Courses open to Theater Majors and Minors
TDLV 3300-Theatre, Creativity, and Values
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to examine and reflect upon creativity and the Theatre. How does creativity mark the distinctness of the human person? How does human creativity point to the presence and action of God? What purpose does the Theatre serve for society? Emphasis is placed on personal integration of philosophical principles and personal technique and craft. Open to Theatre Majors and minors only.
An introduction to the managerial aspects of American theatre. Topics include: forming a production company, artistic policy, union contracts, the role of the producer, fundraising, marketing and audience development, etc. Lecture, discussion, field trips, guest speakers from the professional theatre community.
TDLU 3900-Professional Internships
Supervised internship at an outside professional institution related to theatre, television, or film. Monthly evaluations. Prerequisite: consent of chairperson.
See other sections for course descriptions on:
THEA4999 4 Credit Tutorial in Theatre
THEA2510 Theatre as Social Change
THEA2511 Theatre and Social Justice in Latin America
THEA3017 Song as Scene
THEA3095 Stage Combat
THEA4025 Flying Solo
THEA4045 Young Gifted and Black
More information about training and classes for theatre minors can be found here.