Welcome to Professional Theatre Training

We prepare students for professional careers in theatre. Our program is designed for students intending to transfer, upon graduation, to a B.A. or B.F.A. degree in Theatre. We produce fully staged works of theatre each season, providing students the ability to work as artists in a professional setting. Upon completion of our program, graduates will be prepared to:

Engage in the creation & execution of works of theatre.

Analyze plays perceptively.

Identify a broad selection of theatre repertory.

Develop & defend informed responses to theatre.

Queensborough is the only college in New York State to offer a National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accredited Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Theatre.

The National Association of Schools of Theatre

Concentrations: Acting or Technical Theatre

Students choose a concentration, but all students are offered training & experience onstage, backstage, & front-of-house. 

Acting Concentration

Upon completion of the concentration, graduates will be prepared to:

Act (i.e., to project one’s self believably in word & action into imaginary circumstances, evoked through improvisation or text).

Employ the body & voice as an instrument for communication.

Practice a technique for analyzing the tasks required in the performance of dramatic material.

Technical Theatre Concentration

Upon completion of the concentration, graduates will be prepared to:

Employ stagecraft knowledge, skills, & tools.

Articulate the basic elements & interrelated processes of theatrical production.

Demonstrate knowledge of best practices & industry standards as they relate to theatrical production.

Our Stages Prepare You for a Career

We produce 2-3 fully-staged works of theatre each season, providing students the ability to work as actors and technical artists in a professional setting. Our seasons are curated to include: 

Classical Work or Musical (alternating)
Social Issues (controversial topics)
American Experience (life in America)
Other Perspectives (experimental/alternative)

Explore Our Theatre Productions

State-of-the-Art Theaters & Facilities

Humanities Theatre: classically designed, Broadway-style, 875 seat, proscenium theater.

Shadowbox Theatre: intimate, Off-Broadway-style, black box theater, with flexible seating, & state of the art lighting & sound equipment.

Media Design Center: a digital audio-visual design lab provides computers & 3-dimensional modeling software to enhance theatrical scenic design & lighting plots. Video recording & editing are available on both Mac & PC platforms.

Costume Shop

Scene Shop

Cutting Edge Technology & Software

Intelligent Lighting System
Intelligent Moving Lights you’ll learn to set up & program. We have 6 of these, look up when you are at a Broadway show, they use these too.

LED Lighting
You’ll have access to work with 48 of these.

Digital Sound Board
The Behringer X32 Digital Mixer.

Q-Lab Playback Software
The Industry Standard.

Vectorworks Drafting Software
Learn to draft plans on the computer for scenic & lighting design.

2021 Shopbot Robot Scenery Builder
Be among the first in the business to train on this technology.

Who You Study with Matters

Our faculty & staff are working professionals possessing union affiliation & relationships with professional theatre organizations.

Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
Dramatist Guild (DG)
New Dramatists
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local One Stagehands (IATSE)
The Public Theatre
INTAR
Queens Theatre
CultureHub
La MaMa

Your Theatre Faculty Mentor

Every theatre major receives mentorship, from their first semester to their last, by a theatre faculty member dedicated to assist with:

An appropriate academic plan
Progressive artistic development
Timely graduation
Successful transfer

Your First Year

To support correct placement & timely graduation, for the first two semesters (30 credits), theatre majors are assigned a schedule of courses with a cohort of their peers. The schedule is designed to introduce students to the study of Theatre in higher education & includes foundational courses required for the Liberal Arts General Education component of the A.S. Degree.

Your 1st Semester, 15 credits:

Introduction to Acting for the Major
Stagecraft I
Speech Communication
English Composition I
Mathematics in Contemporary Society

Your 2nd Semester, 15 credits:

Acting II or Stagecraft II
Voice & Speech for the Actor
Introduction to Theatre
English Composition II
Health Behavior & Society
Yoga

Concentrations (Acting or Technical Theatre): After the first semester, students choose a concentration in either Acting or Technical Theatre & complete TH-221 Acting II or TH-231 Stagecraft II. Students choose a concentration, but all students are offered training & experience onstage, backstage, & front-of-house.

In Your Second Year: students, in consultation with their theatre faculty mentor, select remaining appropriate Liberal Arts General Education courses & additional elective credits in the major to complement their concentration.

See The World Through Art

Complement your theatre training with arts-focused liberal arts courses such as, Chemistry in the Arts, and a full suite of survey courses in music, dance, & visual arts, allowing you to complete your degree through the lens of art.

Where You Study Matters

Intimate class sizes offering personable, individualized attention. Courses taught by professors, not teaching assistants. Professors who prioritize excellence in teaching & mentorship. Free unlimited access to support services: Academic Computing Center, Campus Writing Center, Mathematics Learning Center, & the Student Learning Center.

Queensborough has more than 400 full-time faculty with 81% having earned a doctoral or terminal degree, 3x the national average for community colleges.

Community

Queensborough students come from more than 120 countries and speak some 78 different languages, reflecting the unique character of Queens (the most diverse county in the United States) with nearly equal populations of African Americans, Asians, Caucasians, & Latinos.

Opportunities & Experiences

Free tickets to Broadway, Off-, & Off-Off- Broadway productions * Professional development workshops with guest artists * Annual trip to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) * Free, one-week, spring-break, study abroad program in Salzburg, Austria * Summer Theatre Workshop Internship (paid) * Departmental Scholarships & Awards * More than 50+ Student Clubs, including the student led, Drama Society * Annual, student produced, Drama Society Tin-Foil Soiree

“I felt safe in the Department and discovered talent I never thought I had. I worked on 7 out of 8 shows, studied in Austria during Spring Break, completed a paid summer internship, and became President of the student Drama Society, all in 2 years.”

Jessica Kreisler, Almuna
Transfer: Adelphi University, B.F.A., Acting

Be a Working Artist, Not a Starving Artist

For a fraction of the cost, you can complete the first 2 years (60 credits) of a traditional 4-year (120 credits) college program.

90% of our students graduate without Federal student loan debt
45% savings on tuition compared to 4-year public in-state institutions
20% savings on tuition costs compared to CUNY 4-year colleges
66% of full-time students attend Queensborough Community College tuition free

Nassau County residents may be eligible for NYC tuition rates. You don’t have to live in New York City to get the NYC tuition rate.

Nassau Residents NYC Discount Tuition Rate

“The money I saved going to Queensborough allowed me to pursue my dreams after I graduated from my four-year college. Many of my colleagues had so much student debt they couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities needed to advance in the profession.”

Khari Constantine, Alumnus, Professional Producer
Transfer: SUNY Oswego Tranfer, B.A., Theatre, Acting, and Directing Track

Transfer & Life After Queensborough

Students graduating with an Associate’s degree are extremely attractive to 4-year colleges. Colleges that may have been out-of-reach financially or academically after high school, now seek to fill vacated seats in the junior year, with many offering substantial scholarships.

Before you transfer, graduate. Completing your Associate Degree first, ensures your courses & credits have lifetime value. If you transfer before you graduate, your community college credits will be evaluated course by course reducing the chances that your courses & credits will transfer. We have agreements that allow graduates of Queensborough to complete a bachelor’s degree in an efficient manner after transfer, with the following:

Adelphi University
A.S. Theatre (Acting) to B.F.A. Theatre Arts (Acting)
A.S. Theatre (Technical Theatre) to B.F.A. Theatre Arts (Design/Technology)

Lehman College
A.S. Theatre to B.A. Theatre
A.S. Theatre to B.F.A. Multimedia Performing Arts

Our graduating students transfer (with notable scholarships) to:

CUNY (Hunter, City College, Queens College, Lehman College, York College)
SUNY (Binghamton, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego, Purchase)
Private (Adelphi, Marymount Manhattan)
Out-of-State (Howard University, Montclair State University)

Students work with their faculty mentor, college adviser, & the Transfer Resource Center to chart an appropriate transfer plan.

Questions?

Contact Department Enrollment Coordinator, Professor Adair at  AAdair@qcc.cuny.edu

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

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