About the Theatre Program
Rigorous training enriched by an expansive academic curriculum, Fordham University’s Theatre Program prepares students as theater practitioners and visionaries. In a creatively fertile, experiential and artistically rigorous environment, the Theatre Program nurtures the individual, encouraging students to follow their passions and activism. As a program centered on the values of social justice and responsibility, we aim to serve our greater global community as citizen artists, using theatrical expression to create paths for empathy, understanding and dialogue.
Located on 60th and Columbus in Lincoln Center in the heart of New York City, and within walking distance of the Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre districts, the Fordham University Theatre Program is led by award-winning director and artistic leader, May Adrales. Faculty members are working theatre professionals who help students find their artistic voice and develop their skills in an intimate and supportive environment. Through core curriculum, individual mentorship, a robust student-led Studio Season and Mainstage productions, Fordham provides multiple opportunities for students to thrive.
Artists that graduate from the Theatre Program are risk-takers, creative thinkers, storytellers and innovators. If this sounds like the journey for you, review the requirements for the audition/interview process, and apply during our next audition/interview season. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].
Questions regarding the admission process, housing, financial aid, and acceptance notifications can be addressed by the Lincoln Center Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 718-817-4000.
Thank you for your interest in the Fordham Theatre Program. We look forward to meeting you!
High School Play Makes NYC Debut at Fordham Theatre
Fordham Theatre is taking its students back to high school. May Adrales, director of the program, came across High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest by Vichet Chum, through her colleague Rob Melrose, artistic director of the Alley Theatre in Texas where the play was first produced. “Tears sprung to my eyes when Rob told me [...]
Patricia Clarkson Creates Scholarship for Fordham Theatre Students
Patricia Clarkson, a 1982 alumna of Fordham College at Lincoln Center and winner of numerous prestigious honors for acting, has established a scholarship at Fordham, seeking to help seniors in the theatre program who may be facing financial hurdles—just as she did. Throughout her career, Clarkson has sought out diverse and challenging roles and won [...]
Alumni Mentor Offers Guidance as a Way to Give Back
This fall, Fordham College at Lincoln Center grad Janine (Repka) Guzzone will be among dozens of alumni paired with students through the Fordham Mentoring Program, now in its 20th year. It’s early September. A new academic year is underway. And so far, about 150 Fordham alumni are ready to be matched with a group of [...]
Theatre Program Welcomes New Denzel Washington Chair
Tonya Pinkins, a Tony-award-winning stage and screen performer, will take the helm as the next Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre this fall at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. “We are so honored and excited to have the incomparable visionary artist Tonya Pinkins at Fordham Theatre. Her presence will have a transformational impact on the program and [...]
Supported by Fordham Foundry, Theater Grads Live Their Dream by Starting a Business
Back when she was looking at colleges, meeting the people who ran various undergraduate theater programs, Aurora Winger found that many were lukewarm about her plans to major in theater while developing her business sense by studying economics. Fordham, however, was “unique in how excited they were by the possibility,” she said. “Fordham was like, [...]
Seniors Shine in Fordham Theatre’s La Cocina
The final mainstage production of the year takes place in the kitchen of a New York City restaurant, where the staff juggles, dishes, orders, and dreams of a better life. Raekwon Fuller, a senior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) from Anderson, South Carolina, credits acting with giving him a community in his hometown, [...]
On Fordham Theatre Mainstage, an ‘Indecent’ Production
Indecent, the third production in Fordham Theatre’s mainstage season, is a Pulitzer prize winning play about the true story of the staging of another play—God Of Vengeance, by Sholem Asch. God of Vengeance was written in 1906 in Yiddish, and after great success in Europe, it was translated into English, and performed on Broadway in [...]
Seen, Heard, Read: ‘White Noise,’ ‘Looking for Violet,’ and ‘All the Women in My Brain’
White Noise a film based on the novel by Don DeLillo, FCRH ’58 Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise has aged well since it won a National Book Award in 1985. Darkly funny, it parodies academia and captures the media, technology, and consumer culture of the mid-’80s—what one character calls the “incessant bombardment of information,” much [...]
Students Perform at Inauguration Showcase
Students from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance program, Fordham Theatre, and the Fordham Lincoln Center Jazz Ensemble delivered a captivating set of performances at the Lincoln Center campus on Oct. 12 as part of the week’s events leading to the inauguration of President Tania Tetlow. The evening showcase, The Movement, Melodrama, and Melodies of NYC, [...]
Denzel Washington Chair Mimi Lien on the Magic of Set Design
Mimi Lien, an award-winning set designer whose work in theater, dance, and opera has been featured on American stages and across the world, is Fordham’s Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre at Fordham this fall. Lien is the winner of a 2017 Tony Award for her set design in the musical Natasha, Pierre, & the [...]
Denzel Washington Takes on Macbeth, Reflects on Fordham Roots
In November, when The New York Times published its list of “The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (So Far),” A. O. Scott said he and his fellow critics argued about every spot on the list but the top one: “Denzel Washington is beyond category,” he wrote, “a screen titan who is also a [...]