We seek students who want to build fulfilling, creative careers in fields ranging from Acting, Directing and Theatre Production to Academia, Advertising, Film and Television.
Our curriculum combines a strong theoretical foundation with immersion into experience-gaining learning opportunities, preparing you for a successful career in a broad range of fields in and out of the theatre and entertainment industry.
We believe in fully developing our students as artists. Our B.A. in Theatre Arts will expose you to all areas of theatre, including performance (acting, dance, singing), design (scenic, lighting, costume & make-up), directing, history and literature.
Our Theatre Department presents four mainstage productions each year (two musicals/two plays), plus a second stage lab production which provides a plethora of opportunities to get involved in all aspects of production, from their earliest semesters on campus.
Our highly qualified faculty-artists mentor students in both the classroom and rehearsal hall, fostering excellence in performance, directing, design and technical production. Small class sizes and individual mentoring is a key component of our program. Each student creating projects for the mainstage will have a direct faculty advisor to guide them through their projects from beginning to end. This mentorship ensures that students will not only be able to produce a quality final product, but also that they will grow artistically and scholarly from the process.
While our Festival of Fine Arts brings world-class productions right to campus, our location allows students to immerse themselves in the entertainment industry. From theme-parks and concert halls, to professional and community theatre, there’s no shortage of opportunities to expand your theatrical repertoire, both as a spectator and participant.
Our program fosters creative talent while learning the practical aspects of self-promotion and arts management. This combination serves as excellent preparation for entering the workforce. Career possibilities are endless.
Gain off-campus experience with faculty-led study abroad trips to England and France, and our Junior Journey trips to New York City.
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Right now, I'm performing in North Carolina as a dancer-actor in The Lost Colony, the nation's longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Landing this opportunity has helped me to establish myself as a professional in the field. I honestly wouldn't have been cast in this role without FSC!
— Catherine Cervone
Our approach to training begins with the final product – the play. We emphasize a collaborative approach to our training, so that the production is the aim of the entire company – not just the scenery, lighting, or acting, but the whole product. Theatre requires the technical/design elements to support the acting and directing. All of these elements are necessary to produce a successful and artistic creation. Our training emphasizes the value of each component of the creative process, rather than concentrate on individual area. We aim to create a mutually supportive ensemble of producing artists, while honing skills in a chosen specialization.
THE 2153 affords the student the opportunity create practical production work for mainstage shows, applying the skills introduced in basic classes and honed in design area-specific courses, in a live setting. Having student worked produced and viewed by live audiences provides direct application for the student’s work and immediate feedback from audiences. Students have the opportunity to participate in major and significant ways from the earliest semesters on campus, through full and realized production designs as they progress through the program.
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The industry regularly recognizes our faulty for their artistic achievements. They include recognition multiple times for scene designs and theatre technology by Broadway World Orlando, and the Orlando Frings Festival, and a three-time recipient of Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival awards, as well as a finalist in BBC’s Voice of Musical Theatre International Competition.
The Vagabonds Theatre club is the oldest running student organization on campus and remains active with fundraisers, organizing annual staged readings, producing a biennial ten-minute play festivals, and fully staged studio productions. In addition to the Vagabonds, the college hosts an improv troupe called “Studio Box” who perform regularly for enthusiastic sell-out crowds on campus.
All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:
Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.
If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:
No audition/interview is necessary for admission to the B.A. program. However, it should also be noted that scholarship assistance is available for any student majoring in theatre arts. Scholarships are awarded based on an audition and interview by the theatre faculty.
Scholarships are awarded based on an audition and interview by the theatre faculty. BFA auditions will automatically be considered for scholarship eligibility.
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