HeaderTheatre Department - Program Description

Queensborough Community College offers an Associate in Sciences Degree in the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) with a concentration in Theatre Arts. All students complete 12 credits in courses: Introduction to Acting for the Major, Stagecraft I, Vocal Production and Movement for the Actor, Introduction to Theatre, and Practicum in Stagecraft I; then choose an additional 3 credits in either Acting II or Stagecraft II; and choose up to 11 credits in elective courses,  Actors' Workshop I, Actors' Workshop II, Stage Makeup, Costume Construction, Practicum in Stagecraft II, Oral Performance for the Actor and Speaker, American Film History I, American  Film History II, Introduction to Electronic Media, Video Production I or Media Criticism for a total of 26 credits of theatre studies.

We serve our students by providing an outstanding faculty of educators who serve as their teachers, academic advisers, mentors, and collaborators in the classroom and in creation of theatrical productions. Our faculty have performed or produced works to international and national acclaim. The professional work of the faculty has been featured on stages in Greece, Cyprus, Germany, England, Scotland, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Austria, Mexico, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, and the United States as well as locally; both “On and Off- Broadway.” Their work has been recognized for its excellence by the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts and such esteemed publications as the New York Times, Village Voice, Newsday, and The New York Daily News as well as in international publications.

The program performs two productions each semester, spring and fall, four productions each year, presenting in a newly renovated 600 seat proscenium house and a 135 seat black-box theatre. Our scenic and lighting design is outsourced to professional designers providing our students with unique opportunities to learn from theatre practitioners working in the industry.
Past designers have designed and assistant designed on Broadway and Off-Broadway in shows such as Rocky: The Musical, Fun Home, Violet, and Here Lies Love.

The department has a student run, Drama Society and is active in The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a national program to“encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs;”. We participate in the TDF “New Audiences of New York,” program, and the Second Stage Theatre, 2ND Generation program, programs that introduce theatre through attendance at Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. We provide professional development opportunities through assisting students in securing professional working opportunities at NYC theatres such as INTAR (International Arts Relations, Inc.) and La MaMa; as well as through invited guest artist workshops in areas such as movement/dance, fight choreography and playwrighting.

Most recently, a state-of-the-art digital design and media lab has just been opened for the purpose of instructing students in scenic and lighting design using 3-D modeling software.
The design and media lab offers a 17 station computer lab that is currently used for film and video editing and set design drafting in Vectorworks. The 27” iMacs run editing and imaging software including Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut 7 and Avid Media Composer, Storyboard Quick and Final Draft. There are also microphones for recording in our vocal booth or with our Panasonic AG-HMC150 high definition cameras. The Media Lab has also been outfitted with a state of the art NAS Avid Isis server and software, commonly used in newsrooms and ad agencies, giving the lab the capability to edit real time HD video. Our goal is to establish a program that prepares our students to be able to enter a professional situation or four-year program with a solid skill-set in writing, directing, shooting, and editing digital media.

***Complete your Associates Degree while Majoring in the Theatre Arts at QCC.****


Receive student-centered professional training while completing your Associates Degree at an affordable cost. Community College offers a more personable education experience with smaller class sizes and professors focused on student development and teaching, at a fraction of the cost of a 4-year university.

Interested? Send an email to aadair@qcc.cuny.edu for more personalized information.

We can walk you through the process and get you prepared to succeed at QCC!

Majoring in theatre, whether in performance or production/design, provides you the opportunity to develop personal and interpersonal communication skills, something most every profession requires and every employer values. Engage your creative self  - Exercise your “voice” and style  - Develop confidence, self-discipline, and a healthy self-image - Attain the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines - Explore the art of collaboration -  Be challenged to be the leader you are capable of being.

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***Vision Statement of Theatre Unit***


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.

***Mission Statement of Theatre Unit***


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 both 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.


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