Theatre Major

The theatre program at Fordham is a B.A. program offering four pre-professional tracks for theatre majors: performance, directing, playwriting, and design and production. Admission into the performance track is by audition only. Admission into the directing, playwriting, and design and production tracks is by interview and a review of portfolio work (directing and design and production) and writing samples (playwriting). Students should visit the theatre website to obtain extensive information regarding the program and to schedule an audition or interview via www.fordham.edu/theatre.

Acceptance as a theatre major or minor includes a lab requirement each semester. If a student fails to complete a lab contract, then he or she loses eligibility to participate in any production (mainstage or studio) the following semester. If a student fails to complete a lab contract twice, then he or she may be dropped from the program.

The theatre program has a policy called warn/cut. In cases when the faculty has doubts about whether a student should continue in his or her track, a warning is given. Then the student has another semester to dispel the questions. If the evaluation remains unchanged after the following semester, then the student has the option of remaining a theatre minor, but must choose another major.

Completing THEA 3001 THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS, THEA 3002 THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY, and THEA 3003 THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT may replace one Advanced Disciplinary Course in Literature.

Theatre majors are exempt from the fine arts requirement in the Core Curriculum. The minimum acceptable grade in a major course is C-.

The Theatre major requires six foundation courses plus coursework in one of four tracks: Performance, Design & Production, Playwriting, or Directing.

Course Title Credits
Foundation courses
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 3001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 3002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 3003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4

Students who attend study abroad theatre programs (e.g., LODA) may apply certain courses to their theatre major, and should consult with an advisor prior to attending a study abroad program.

Performance Track requirements

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
THEA 2010ACTING I4
THEA 2700ACTING II4
THEA 3000ACTING III4
THEA 3100ACTING IV4
THEA 3030
THEA 3040
ACTOR'S VOCAL TECHNIQUE I
and ACTOR'S VOCAL TECHNIQUE II 1
4
THEA 3050
THEA 3060
MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR I
and MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR II 1
4
Select one of the following elective courses: 24
CREATING A CHARACTER I
CREATING A CHARACTER II
ACTING SHAKESPEARE
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA I
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II
CLOWN AND IMPROVISATION

Design and Production Track requirements

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
THEA 1151DRAWING: ARCHITECTURE AND STAGE I4
VART 1161FORM AND SPACE4
THEA 2070THEATRE DESIGN4
THEA 3205FROM PAGE TO STAGE4
THEA 4501DIRECTING PRODUCTION WORKSHOP3
or THEA 4505 DESIGN PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
Select three of the following: 16 to 10
STAGE MAKEUP AND HAIR I
STAGE MAKEUP AND HAIR II
COSTUME DESIGN I
STAGE MANAGEMENT I
STAGE MANAGEMENT II
THEATRE MANAGEMENT
LIGHTING DESIGN
LIGHTING DESIGN II
SOUND DESIGN I
PROJECTION DESIGN I
PROJECTION DESIGN II
MASTER CLASS IN DESIGN
CUEING AND NARRATIVE
PERIOD AND STYLE
SET DESIGN I
SET DESIGN II

One course offered in art history and visual arts may be substituted with permission from your theatre adviser in advance, including: VART 1128 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, VART 1135 VISUAL THINKING I, VART 1136 VISUAL THINKING: PERSPECTIVES, PAINTING, AND DRAWING, VART 1180 PAINTING I, VART 1265 FILM/VIDEO I, VART 2003 GRAPHIC DESIGN & DIGITAL TOOLS, VART 2121 ABSTRACTION, VART 2140 COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA, and VART 2070 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I.

Playwriting Track requirements

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
THEA 3700PLAYWRITING (This course will be taken five times)4
Select one of the following courses 14
STAGE MANAGEMENT I
STAGE MANAGEMENT II
THEATRE MANAGEMENT
MOLIERE: FROM PAGE TO STAGE
LIGHTING DESIGN
LIGHTING DESIGN II
SOUND DESIGN I
PROJECTION DESIGN I
SET DESIGN I
FLYING SOLO
DIRECTING PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
DESIGN PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
Select one THEA elective

Directing Track requirements

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
THEA 2010ACTING I4
THEA 2070THEATRE DESIGN4
THEA 2700ACTING II4
THEA 2045INTRODUCTION TO DIRECTING4
THEA 3205FROM PAGE TO STAGE4
THEA 4501DIRECTING PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (must be taken twice)3

Availability

The major in theatre is available at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in theatre only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Lincoln Center campus. 

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.