Theatre Major

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

Please note that both the theatre major and minor include 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 Fordham 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 concentration, 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.

THEA 3004 Global Theatre History: Foundational Impulses and THEA 3005 Global Theatre History: Evolutions of the Present each fulfills the Advanced Literature Core requirement.

Theatre majors concentrating in design and production must substitute THEA 3920 History of Theatre Design for any of the two required theatre history courses. Students pursuing other concentrations may request permission to take THEA 3920 in place of one of the two courses.

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 five foundation courses plus coursework in one of four concentrations: performance, design and production, playwriting, or directing.

Course Title Credits
THEA 2080Collaboration I4
THEA 2090Collaboration II4
THEA 3011Text Analysis4
Theatre History8
THEA 3004Global Theatre History: Foundational Impulses 14
THEA 3005Global Theatre History: Evolutions of the Present 14
THEA 3920History of Theatre Design 24
Select a concentration:
Performance
Design and Production
Playwriting
Directing
1

Each of these courses fulfills the Advanced Literature Core requirement.

2

Theatre majors concentrating in design and production must substitute THEA 3920 History of Theatre Design for any of the two required theatre history courses. Students pursuing other concentrations may request permission to take THEA 3920 History of Theatre Design in place of one of the other two theatre history courses.

Availability

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

The major in theatre is available at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in theatre only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and 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 and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.

Performance Concentration Requirements

Course Title Credits
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
One Advanced Performance course4
Any one course from the Design and Production concentration3 to 4
1

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

Performance Concentration Advanced Electives

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. This is permitted as long as all Fordham core requirements have been completed.

Courses in this group have the THPE attribute. 

Course Title Credits
THEA 4000Creating a Character I4
THEA 4001Creating a Character II4
THEA 4030Rehearsal Technique3
THEA 4100Acting Shakespeare4
THEA 4250Acting for the Camera I4
THEA 4260Acting for the Camera II4
THEA 4305Clown and Improvisation4
THEA 4306Clown and Improvisation II4

Design and Production Concentration Requirements

Course Title Credits
THEA 1160Design Fundamentals4
THEA 2260Conceptual Foundations of Theatre Design4
One of the following courses:4
Drafting for the Theatre I (Required for set, light, and sound designers, as well as for stage managers)
Drawing I (Required for costume designers)
One of the following courses: 14
From Page to Stage
Introduction to Directing
One of the following courses:3 to 4
Design Production Workshop (Required for design students)
Theatre Management (Required for stage managers)
One of the following courses:3 to 4
Drafting for the Theatre II (Required for set, light, and sound designers)
Production Management (Required for stage managers)
Figure Drawing (Required for costume designers)
Design & Production Advanced Studio Electives
Choose three of the 3-credit advanced studio elective courses from the list below based on your area of focused concentration in set design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, or stage management.9
1

In general, stage managers should take THEA 3205 From Page to Stage and stage designers should take THEA 2045 Introduction to Directing. Students may consult with their theatre major advisor if they prefer to take the other course.

Design and Production Advanced Studio Electives

Courses in this group have the THDP attribute.

Course Title Credits
THEA 2035Drafting for the Theatre I4
THEA 2037Drafting for the Theatre II3
THEA 2230Costume Design I3
THEA 2235Costume Design II3
THEA 2805Stage Management I3
THEA 2815Stage Management II3
THEA 2900Theatre Management4
THEA 3362Lighting Design I3
THEA 3374Lighting Design II3
THEA 3420Sound Design I3
THEA 3425Sound Design II3
THEA 3455Projection Design I3
THEA 3460Projection Design II3
THEA 3600Master Class in Design4
THEA 3950Production Management3
THEA 3985Set Design I3
THEA 3987Set Design II3
THEA 4430Senior Showcase I: Designers, Managers, Directors, Playwrights2
THEA 4440Senior Showcase II: Designers, Managers, Directors, Playwrights2
THEA 4700Advanced Design3

Playwriting Concentration Requirements

Course Title Credits
THEA 3700Playwriting (taken five times)4
THEA 3012New Play Dramaturgy4
One Playwriting elective 14
One THEA elective 24
1

Student and adviser will determine which class based on student's interest plus level of skill and experience in design.

2

Any course with the subject code THEA, numbered 2000-4999 (of 3 or more credits) fulfills this requirement.

Playwriting Electives

Courses in this group have the THPL attribute. 

Course Title Credits
FREN 3253Moliere: From Page to Stage4
THEA 2805Stage Management I3
THEA 2815Stage Management II3
THEA 2900Theatre Management4
THEA 3253Moliere: From Page to Stage4
THEA 3362Lighting Design I3
THEA 3374Lighting Design II3
THEA 3420Sound Design I3
THEA 3455Projection Design I3
THEA 3985Set Design I3
THEA 4025Flying Solo4
THEA 4501Directing Production Workshop3
THEA 4505Design Production Workshop3

Directing Concentration Requirements

Course Title Credits
THEA 2010Acting I4
THEA 2700Acting II4
THEA 2260Conceptual Foundations of Theatre Design4
THEA 2045Introduction to Directing4
THEA 3205From Page to Stage4
THEA 4501Directing Production Workshop (must be taken twice)6
One design course from the list below:3
Set Design I
Costume Design I
Lighting Design I
Sound Design I