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.

Policies and Procedures

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.

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 Theatre History I, II, and III may replace one Advanced Disciplinary Course in Literature.

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

Theatre Tracks

Performance Track

(13 courses, 52 credits)

CourseTitleCredits
Foundation Courses
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 2001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 2002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 2003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4
Performance Track 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 advanced acting courses:4
CREATING A CHARACTER 2
ACTING SHAKESPEARE 2
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 2
CLOWN AND IMPROVISATION 2
1

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

2

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.

Performance Track Courses

CourseTitleCredits
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 2001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 2002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 2003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4
THEA 2010ACTING I4
THEA 2700ACTING II4
THEA 2750PERFORMING ITALIAN4
THEA 3000ACTING III4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 3017SONG AS SCENE4
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
THEA 4100ACTING SHAKESPEARE4
THEA 4000CREATING A CHARACTER4
THEA 4025FLYING SOLO4
THEA 4100ACTING SHAKESPEARE4
THEA 4120ACTING SHAKESPEARE II4
THEA 4250ACTING FOR THE CAMERA4
THEA 4260ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II4
THEA 4301PERFORMANCE AND ART (for B.F.A. dance majors only)3
THEA 4302RUSSIAN THEATRE WORKSHOP2
THEA 4305CLOWN AND IMPROVISATION4
THEA 4400
THEA 4410
SENIOR AUDITION I
and SENIOR AUDITION II 1
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.

Design and Production Track

(14 courses, 50-54 credits)

CourseTitleCredits
Foundation Courses
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 2001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 2002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 2003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4
Design and Production Track required Courses
THEA 1151DRAWING: ARCHITECTURE AND STAGE 14
VART 1161FORM AND SPACE 14
THEA 2070THEATRE DESIGN 14
THEA 3205FROM PAGE TO STAGE 14
Select three of the following: 26-10
FORM AND SPACE 1
COSTUME DESIGN 1
THEATRE MANAGEMENT
SOUND DESIGN I
1

These courses are open to Visual Arts majors. See Theatre Design and Architecture section.

2

Select three courses based on your area of focused concentration in set design, costume design, lighting design, or stage management.

One or two courses offered in art history and visual arts may be substituted with permission from your theatre adviser in advance, including Intro to Digital Photography, Visual Thinking, Painting I, Design and Sculpture, Film/Video I, Intro to Digital Design Tools, Abstraction, Collage and Mixed Media, Architectural Design, Issues in Architecture.

Design and Production Track Courses

CourseTitleCredits
THEA 1151DRAWING: ARCHITECTURE AND STAGE4
VART 1161FORM AND SPACE4
THEA 1210INTRODUCTION TO FASHION DESIGN3
THEA 2070THEATRE DESIGN4
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 2001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 2002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 2003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4
THEA 2230COSTUME DESIGN3
THEA 2900THEATRE MANAGEMENT4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 3205FROM PAGE TO STAGE4

Playwriting Track

(13 courses, 52 credits)

CourseTitleCredits
Foundation Courses
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 2001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 2002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 2003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4
Playwriting Track Required Courses
THEA 3700PLAYWRITING (This course will be taken six times)4
Select one design course 14
1

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

Playwriting Track Courses

CourseTitleCredits
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 2001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 2002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 2003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 3700PLAYWRITING4

Directing Track

(13 courses, 50-52 credits)

CourseTitleCredits
Foundation Courses
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 2001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 2002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 2003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4
Directing Track Required Courses
THEA 2010ACTING I4
THEA 2700ACTING II4
THEA 2045INTRODUCTION TO DIRECTING4
THEA 3205FROM PAGE TO STAGE4
THEA 4520DIRECTING PRODUCTION WORKSHOP II3
THEA 2070THEATRE DESIGN4

Directing Track Courses

CourseTitleCredits
THEA 2010ACTING I4
THEA 2070THEATRE DESIGN4
THEA 2045INTRODUCTION TO DIRECTING4
THEA 2080COLLABORATION I4
THEA 2090COLLABORATION II4
THEA 2001THEATRE HISTORY I: MYTHOS4
THEA 2002THEATRE HISTORY II: MODERNITY4
THEA 2003THEATRE HISTORY III: POSTMODERNISM AND THE PRESENT4
THEA 2700ACTING II4
THEA 3011TEXT ANALYSIS4
THEA 3205FROM PAGE TO STAGE4
THEA 4520DIRECTING PRODUCTION WORKSHOP II3
THEA 4530DIRECTING PRODUCTION WORKSHOP III3

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.