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Performance Track

The performance track includes training in the Stanislavski approach to scene study, performance studies in Chekhov and Shakespeare, Linklater and Fitzmaurice voice techniques, and Feldenkrais and Butoh movement. The curriculum combines voice training and a movement-based approach to acting, drawing upon Stanislavski's work with physical actions. During their senior year, performance tracks take a Senior Audition class taught by a professional New York City casting director to provide students with the resources and knowledge necessary to help them start a professional career immediately upon graduation. Seniors also participate in an industry showcase for agents and casting directors that exposes them to key contacts in the industry.

Learning Goals

We intend that prior to graduation the response for each actor to the questions below will be a resounding yes:

  • Does the actor understand how to play an objective?
  • Does the actor physically embody the objective?
  • Does the actor open to his/her partner?
  • Does the actor’s imagination respond to changing circumstances?
  • Does the actor have the ability to transform?
  • Does the actor understand the definition of a beat?
  • Does the actor know how to research a character?
  • Does the actor know how to rehearse?
  • Does the actor bond with an ensemble?

Track Requirements

Performance Track (13 courses, 52 credits)
Foundation courses required of all majors:
1-2. Collaboration I and II
3.Text Analysis
4-6. Theatre History I, II and III

Performance Track Required Courses:
7-10. Acting I, II, III and IV
11. Actor’s Vocal Technique I and II
12. Movement for the Actor I and II
13. One advanced acting course taken from the following:
Creating a Character**
Acting Shakespeare**
Acting for the Camera**
Clown and Improvisation**

**These courses are advanced acting courses and are open to performance majors only. During junior and senior year, many theatre majors take more than the required number of electives for their particular track. This is permitted as long as all Fordham College Core requirements have been completed.

The following sequential pairs of two-credit courses, when completed successfully, will count as one course toward satisfying the graduation requirement of 36 courses.

THEA 3030-3040-Actor’s Vocal Technique I and II
THEA 3050-3060-Movement for the Actor I and II

Elective Courses

THEA 2750 - Performing Italian
THEA 3017 - Song As Scene
THEA 3095 - Stage Combat
THEA 3232 - Shakespeare: Text and Performance
THEA 3563 - French Theatre and Performance
THEA 4000 - Creating a Character
THEA 4010 - Creating a Character II
THEA 4025 - Flying Solo
THEA 4100 - Acting Shakespeare
THEA 4250 - Acting for the Camera
THEA 4302 - Russian Theatre Workshop
THEA 4305 - Clown and Improvisation
THEA 4400 - Senior Audition I
THEA 4410 - Senior Audition II
THEA 4500 - Theatre, Creativity, and Values
THEA 4600 - Projects: Acting

The following sequential pair of two-credit courses, when completed successfully, will count as one course toward satisfying the graduation requirement of 36 courses.

THEA 4400 - 4410-Senior Audition I and II

Sample Programs

Freshman Year

Fall Spring
ENGL 1102 Composition II (EP 1) 3 ENGL/CLAS 2000 Texts and Contexts (EP2) 3
THEO 1000 Faith/Critical Reason 3 PHIL 1000 Philosophy of Human Nature 3
Foreign Language 1 5 Foreign Language 2 3
THEA 2010 Acting I 4 THEA 2074 Acting II 4
THEA 2080 Collaboration I 4 THEA 2090 Collaboration II 4
Total Credits 19 Total Credits 17

Sophomore Year

Fall Spring
HIST 1000 Understanding Historical Change 3 MT/CS 3
PHIL 3000 Philosophical Ethics 3 THEO: Sacred Texts and Traditions 3
Foreign Language 3 3 Foreign Language 4 3
THEA 3000 Acting III 4 THEA 3100 Acting IV 4
THEA 3050 Movement I 2 THEA 3060 Movement II 2
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Junior Year

Fall Spring
Advanced Disc: History or Social Science (EP 3) 4 Social Science 3
THEA 2001 Theatre History I 4 Life Science 3
THEA 3030 Actor's Vocal Technique I 2 THEA 2002 Theatre History II 4
THEA 2011 Text Analysis 3 THEA 3040 Actors Vocal Technique II 2
THEA 4000 Creating a Character 4 THEA 4100 Acting Shakespeare 4
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 16

Senior Year

Fall Spring
Interdisciplinary Seminar 4 Senior Values Seminar (EP4) 4
Physical Science 3 THEA 3090 Stage Combat 3
THEA 2003 Theatre History III 4 THEA 4025 Flying Solo 4
THEA 4400 Senior Audition 2 THEA 4250 Acting for the Camera 4
THEA 4305 Clown and Improvisation 4 THEA 4410 Senior Audition II 2
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 17

Total Program Credits: 134
Theatre majors satisfy Advanced Literature by completing 3 semesters of Theatre History. Each semester, one section of Theatre History has an EP3 designation.

NOTE: Pluralism and Globalism attributes can be fulfilled through core, major, or elective courses.
Foreign Language: Students must complete the exit level in their chosen language.

Visiting Artists

JoAnne Akalaitis, Fifth Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre
Beau Bridges
Patricia Clarkson, Alum
Willem Dafoe
Marcia Gay Harden
John Benjamin Hickey, Alum
Spike Lee
Kenny Leon, Fourth Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre
Robert Sean Leonard
Joe Morton, Second Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre
Phylicia Rashad, First Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre
Fiona Shaw
Kevin Spacey
Denzel Washington, Alum
Julie White

Alumni

Many of our performance graduates have especially distinguished themselves since their time at Fordham. Please see examples below:

Rebecca Ballenger - Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2016 Rep Season, Steel Magnolias (Idaho Shakespeare Festival) directed by Sari Ketter, the premiere of Tony Glazer’s American Stare (New Jersey Rep), The Tempest (Idaho Shakespeare Festival)

Soraya Broukhim - Wintertime by Charles L. Mee at San Jose Rep, and Woyzeck at the Culture Project in New York City.

Marjuan Canady - off off-Broadway: her one-woman play, Girls! Girls? Girls. was featured at the United Solo Festival, The New Orleans Fringe Festival, and more than 50 colleges and community organizations.

Patricia Clarkson - Emmy award-winning actress for HBO's Six Feet Under; more than 30 movie credits; academy award nomination as best supporting actress in Pieces of April.

RJ Foster - RJ Foster TV: Damages, Blue Bloods, Fringe; Theatre: Edward II at Bank Street Theatre, Hamlet with The Pearl Theatre Company.

Peter Gil-Sheridan - received a Jerome Fellowship in playwriting, and the national new Play Network Smith Prize for Outstanding Political drama for his play Topsy Turvy Mouse. His work has been seen at the Guthrie, Soho Rep, and New York Theatre Workshop.

Betty Gilpin - off-Broadway: We Live Here at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Language Archive at the roundabout, Good Boys and True at Second Stage.

Morgan Gould - Associate Artistic Director of the Obie award-winning young Jean Lee’s Theater Company; directing work at new Georges, ensemble studio Theatre, The Culture Project, Ars Nova, and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Zabryna Guevara - Off-Broadway: The Public Theater, Intar, Urban Stages; Regional theatre: Hartford Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theatre Center.

John Benjamin Hickey - Broadway: The Normal Heart (Tony award for best featured actor in a play), Mary Stuart, The Crucible, the Tony award-winning revival of Cabaret, and Terrence Mcnally’s Love! Valour! Compassion!, in which he also appeared off-Broadway, winning an Obie for that performance.

John Johnson - Broadway producing credits include: A View from the Bridge, Skylight, Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance, This is Our Youth, A Raisin in the Sun, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Betrayal, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jeffrey James Keyes - MFA in playwriting, Columbia University. Program Assistant, Theatre Program, Columbia University School of the Arts

Emily Kunkel - Regional includes: Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare Theatre of new Jersey, All My Sons at Barrington Stage Company. TV/Film: Nurse Jackie, OSTRANDER

Christopher Larkin - AJ Hawkes on the CW pilot Cooper & Stone; Kafka on the Shore at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

Taylor Schilling - Piper Chapman on Orange Is The New Black. Film: The Lucky One, opposite Zac Efron; Atlas Shrugged; Dark Matter; TV: NBC’s Mercy (Veronica Callahan); Regional Theatre: Uncle Vanya (Bard Summerscape).

Amihar Vann - Ernestine: In Underground (a series), by WGN America, appeared in the Off-Broadway premiere of Matthew Maguire’s Instinct. Other theatre: The Brother/Sister Plays workshop (McCarter Theatre Center/The Public Theater); MFA, New York University’s Graduate acting Program; Princess Grace Fellow.

Denzel Washington - Two Golden Globes, two-time Academy Award-winning actor; films include Training Day, The Taking of Pelham 123, American Gangster, Man on Fire, The Preacher’s Wife, Courage Under Fire, Malcolm X, Glory, and A Soldier’s Story; Broadway: Tony award for portrayal of Troy Maxson in Fences, played Walter Younger in Raisin in the Sun, Brutus in Julius Caesar.

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