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
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
Select a concentration
Performance
Design and Production
Playwriting
Directing

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.

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.

Performance track 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

Advanced Performance Track 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 College 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 4100ACTING SHAKESPEARE4
THEA 4250ACTING FOR THE CAMERA I4
THEA 4260ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II4
THEA 4305CLOWN AND IMPROVISATION4

Design and Production track requirements

Course Title Credits
THEA 1151DRAWING: ARCHITECTURE AND STAGE I4
VART 1161FORM AND SPACE4
THEA 2070THEATRE DESIGN4
THEA 3205FROM PAGE TO STAGE4
or THEA 2045 INTRODUCTION TO DIRECTING
THEA 4501DIRECTING PRODUCTION WORKSHOP3
or THEA 4505 DESIGN PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
Three Design and Production Electives 19 to 11

Design and Production electives

Courses in this group have the THDP attribute.

Course Title Credits
THEA 2210STAGE MAKEUP AND HAIR I3
THEA 2212STAGE MAKEUP AND HAIR II3
THEA 2230COSTUME DESIGN I3
THEA 2805STAGE MANAGEMENT I3
THEA 2815STAGE MANAGEMENT II3
THEA 2900THEATRE MANAGEMENT4
THEA 3362LIGHTING DESIGN3
THEA 3420SOUND DESIGN I3
THEA 3455PROJECTION DESIGN I3
THEA 3460PROJECTION DESIGN II3
THEA 3600MASTER CLASS IN DESIGN4
THEA 3900CUEING AND NARRATIVE3
THEA 3910PERIOD AND STYLE3
THEA 3985SET DESIGN I3
THEA 3987SET DESIGN II3

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 PHOTOGRAPHYVART 1135 VISUAL THINKING IVART 1136 VISUAL THINKING: PERSPECTIVES, PAINTING, AND DRAWINGVART 1180 PAINTING IVART 1265 FILM/VIDEO IVART 2003 GRAPHIC DESIGN & DIGITAL TOOLSVART 2121 ABSTRACTIONVART 2140 COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA, and VART 2070 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I.

Playwriting track requirements

Course Title Credits
THEA 3700PLAYWRITING (This course will be taken five times)4
One Playwriting elective 14
One THEA elective4

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 DESIGN3
THEA 3420SOUND DESIGN I3
THEA 3455PROJECTION DESIGN I3
THEA 3985SET DESIGN I3
THEA 4025FLYING SOLO4
THEA 4501DIRECTING PRODUCTION WORKSHOP3
THEA 4505DESIGN PRODUCTION WORKSHOP3

Directing track requirements

Course Title Credits
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