NAST accredited, A.S. in Theatre, with concentrations in Acting and Technical Theatre

Receive your Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Theatre from the only National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accredited community college theatre training program in New York State.

Offering courses in:

Acting
Stagecraft
Vocal Production & Movement
Makeup for the Stage
Costume Construction
Stage Management
Introduction to Theatre

The National Association of Schools of Theatre

We hope our website answers many of your questions. For more information, or a personal introduction, please contact Professor Arthur Adair at AAdair@qcc.cuny.edu

Learn by doing

Students receive comprehensive, hands-on theatre production training - in the classroom, onstage, backstage, and front-of-house - working on 4 productions a year, 2 each semester, in our:

Broadway-style, 875-seat, grand proscenium theater, &
Off-Broadway-style, newly renovated, black box theater.

Each production fully supported by our:

costume shop,
scene shop,
intelligent lighting system, &
digital audio-visual design lab.

Become a total theatre artist

Although students elect a concentration in either acting or technical theatre, every student receives training and experience in all facets of theatre construction, onstage, backstage, and front-of-house.

Work alongside theatre arts professionals

Our faculty and staff are a collective of internationally produced, award-winning, active professionals possessing:

union affiliation in Actors Equity Association (AEA), Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Dramatist Guild of America (DGA), The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local One Stagehands; &

relationships with local, regional, and national theatre producing organizations such as The Public Theatre, INTAR, and La MaMa.

Student success is our objective

Every theatre major receives personal one-on-one mentoring by a theatre faculty mentor who will work with you throughout your entire tenure at Queensborough to ensure an appropriate academic plan, timely graduation, and a successful transfer.

We build character, empowering students to be leaders

Our nationally accredited program demands of each student rigorous commitment to their education and craft. We value hard-work, community, collaboration, and will provide you the opportunity to develop confidence, self-discipline, and hone personal and interpersonal professional communication skills.

Engage in an arts-focused, liberal arts curriculum

In addition to comprehensive theatre arts training, students may elect to engage in a full suite of arts survey courses in music, dance, and visual arts, complemented by courses such as Chemistry in the Arts and Sociology and the Arts allowing students to complete their liberal arts education through the lens of art.

Helpful links to get you started

 Begin the Application Process

 Nassau Residents NYC Discount Tuition Rate

 Free College Tuition (NYS Excelsior Scholarship program)

 Queensborough Community College Office of Admissions

We hope our website answers many of your questions. For more information, or a personal introduction, please contact Professor Arthur Adair at  AAdair@qcc.cuny.edu

Mission Statment

We believe theatre, a vital component in holistic learning, to be crucial in the development of the individual and the life of a civilized community. It is the values inherent in the theatre (i.e. the steady development of skills, the self-revealing self-discipline, the engagement in collaboration, and the pursuit of a creative vision) that foster personal and creative autonomy and a dedication to life-long learning.

The student artist of the 21st century needs to be provided with exceptional, professional, and comprehensive training comprised of both theoretical and practical education that aims to inspire a fierce curiosity about the world and empowers the artist to engage in a productive and creative dialogue with society.

We believe that access to excellence is a fundamental right for all, regardless of socio-economic status, and that a diverse eco-system of individuals across a broad spectrum of culture, ethnicity, experience and ability creates the ideal learning community.

At QCC, we seek to foster and advance the development of the theatre through the initiation of new audiences and the training of its developing artists, both of whose intellect, vision, and imagination will shape it. Ours is a theatre which seeks to entertain and educate; that embraces its ancient origins, celebrates its historical evolution, and seeks to perfect contemporary practice; a theatre that sits at the center of its society, contributes to the health of the community, and serves both artist and audience.

Vision Statement

The Theatre program at QCC is meant to be a beginning of a lifetime of engagement with the theatre in that it serves as the foundation for a more advanced degree within the theatre, a career in the theatre; the study of varying disciplines such as law, education, and the sciences; a more informed and appreciative audience for the theatre.

In the study of theatre, we advance student skills in critical analysis, expression in written, oral, and physical communication, perception, research, and quantitative reasoning in stagecraft through the use of current pedagogy including: cornerstone courses, learning communities, WI courses, project based learning and service learning. Students who elect Theatre as a concentration engage in holistic learning that empowers students to integrate knowledge and training as may only be achieved in a liberal arts environment through interdisciplinary study.

Theatre Courses

TH-111 Introduction to Theatre (2C1)
3 hours - 3 credits - Prerequisites: BE-122 (or BE-226) and BE-112 (or BE-205)
An introduction to the fundamentals of theater with an emphasis on the evolution of theatrical conventions and practices in Western Society. Material for analysis, discussion and illustration is selected from a body of dramaturgy that spans the history of the theater from the Greeks to the present day. Students are required to attend and critique theatrical performances on campus.

TH-120 Acting I (2C1)
3 class hours - 3 credits - 
For non-fine arts majors.
Theory and practice of the art of acting; exercises in sense impression; characterization, improvisations; scenes from plays; special reports. Designed for the development of a knowledgeable and appreciative audience as well as for basic acting techniques. For non-majors. FA1 majors should enroll in TH121. This course is a Writing Intensive course.

TH-121 Introduction to Acting 
for the Major
3 hours - 3 credits - Co and/or Prerequisite: Must be a Fine and Performing Arts Major 
Students who have passed TH-120 should not enroll in this course, but take TH-221.
An introduction to the actor’s process with particular emphasis placed upon the development of the basic tools of perception, expression and improvisation. Additionally, students will learn the basic concepts, vocabulary and methods of scenic analysis as introduced by Stanislavski and be able to apply them in performance.

TH-122/222 Actors’ Workshop I & II
2 class hours - 3 lab hours - 3 credits; 
Prerequisites: Audition or Permission of the Department
In this actor’s laboratory, students act in one or more plays for public performance under the guidance of a faculty director. A weekly production lecture concerns use of stage, props, diction, movement, styles and other pertinent issues. The history of the play, its author and its era are also covered. Hours to be arranged depending on rehearsal and performance schedules.

TH-124 Summer Theatre Workshop
2 class hours - 2 studio hours (plus participation in Summer campus producations) - 3 credits
Students participate in productions directed by professionals to gain experience in directing, acting, technical theater, design, lighting, stage management, publicity and promotion. Classroom projects are related to actual productions. A student showcase will provide opportunities for all students to act before an audience.

TH-131/231 Stagecraft I & II
4 class hours (plus participation in departmental productions) 
3 credits each course - Prerequisite for TH-231: TH-131
Project based learning with a concentration on the principles of technical stagecraft; fabrication of scenery for the stage; proper mounting and handling of scenic elements; introduction to various scenic painting techniques; installation and manipulation of lighting and sound systems for the stage; fabrication of stage properties. Students are required to apply stagecraft skills to laboratory projects outside of class studio hours. Students in TH-231 are given more complex class and crew assignments.

TH-132/232 Practicum in Stagecraft I & II
Prerequisite TH-132: None
; Prerequisite TH- 232: TH-131 or Permission of the Department - 
1 class hour each course (plus rehearsal and performance hours) - 1 credit each course
Project based learning with a concentration on introduction to backstage responsibilities, procedures, and preparations. Crew assignment to departmental productions provides students with experience on state of the art equipment. Students are required to attend all technical rehearsals and performances.  Students enrolled in TH-232 are given crew assignments of greater complexity and responsibility.

TH-133/233 Theatre Production and Design I & II
2 class hours - 2studio hours (plus participation in departmental productions) - 3 credits - Prerequisite for TH- 233: TH-133
This course offers an overview of theatre production organization and management; a brief history of theatre architecture; styles of script analysis; basic process and concept for scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design; an introduction to basic theatre drafting and identifying information from ground plans; an introduction to stage management and stage properties. Students integrate analysis of dramatic works with generated design elements for class presentations. In this course students apply practical experience through supporting departmental productions. Students enrolling in TH-233 are given greater responsibility and advanced assignments in theatre production.

TH-134 Stage Makeup
1 class hour - 2 studio hours - 2 credits
Theory and practice of theatrical stage makeup. Project-based learning with a concentration on the design and practical application of stage makeup for a variety of characters. Proper use of tools and materials used in the application of stage makeup techniques. Comprehension of terminology and function used in makeup design.

TH-151 Vocal Production and Movement for the Actor
3 class hours - 2 credits  
Exercise the potential of the voice and body for strength, ease, flexibility and responsiveness in performance. Integrate greater plasticity of motion into movement, apply connection to the breath and voice in movement, combine physical action with psychological action, support the articulation of character through voice and movement   

TH-152 Standard Speech for Stage, Film, Television and Digital Media  
3 class hours - 3 credits
Identify and apply the Detail Model of Standard Speech to communicate greater linguistic information to listeners of all theatrical media. Adapt vowel and consonant substitutions to a variety of performance demands. Integrate the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet into speaking and listening.  Stretch and strengthen the muscles of vocal production and articulation for greater ease and intelligibility of speech. Exercise vocal techniques with technological amplification.

TH-221 Acting II
3 class hours - 3 credits - Prerequisites: SP-531 or TH-121 Acting I or TH-120 and permission of the Department
Application of the techniques learned in Acting I: further development of preparation, rehearsal and performance. The creation of believable characterizations through Stanislavski’s concept of actions. Review of Stanislavskian-based actor vocabulary and introduction to character and scene analysis.

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