5 Reasons To Study Theatre At Centenary University

Actor on Stage in front of MicrophonePerformance Opportunities.

As an undergraduate theatre major, students will have multiple opportunities to perform. From the Centenary Stage Company, to Next Stage Repertory Company, to Children’s Theatre Tour, to the Dance Concert, to assisting and working with the Young Performers Workshop, students engage in the act of “creating theatre” on a multitude of levels.

Centenary Stage CompanyCentenary Stage Company

http://centenarystageco.org/ By being associated with a professional theatre company, students have the opportunity to audition for, be cast in, and work on professional theatre productions while attending Centenary University. Students who perform in Centenary Stage company productions have the ability to earn EMC (Equity Membership Candidate) points while working toward their degree. They also have the chance to work alongside working professionals and build a network outside the college environment. Our proximity to New York City brings to the campus not only working actors, but professional designers, directors and theatre artists on an ongoing basis. By observing the work ethic of these individuals and developing a network, students get a step ahead outside of the college environment.

performance dancers on stageThree performance spaces

(Sitnick Theatre, The Little Theatre, Kutz Black Box). Having three different performance spaces creates more opportunities for students to perform. These performance spaces will also educate the performer in handling different sized spaces vocally, physically, and emotionally depending on the demands of the production they are in. Having large scale musicals as well as dramatic production in the state of the art large 487 seat Sitnick Theatre, to the 177 seat Little Theatre, to the 100 seat Multipurpose Black box space, will allow students multiple opportunities to hone their skills in these different environments.

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Learning by doing philosophy

At Centenary University the thought process is learning by doing. With six concentrations in theatre (Performance Studies, Musical Theatre, Dance, Production Management, Technical Theatre, and Costume Design) a BA in Theatre at Centenary University will expose students to all aspects of the theatre world. The more tools a student has in their “tool box” will give a student more opportunities to be a working professional in the theatre. Teaching students as much as possible about all aspects in the theatre will teach the student to become a well rounded working theatre professional.

Performers on StageWe are a BA in Theatre.

Although we have an association with the Centenary Stage Company, and much of the program is intense much like conservatory programs, Centenary University’s Theatre Program is not a BFA. This allows past graduates to double major, minor in other areas, study abroad, experience all aspects of what college has to offer. In having a BA students will be able to experience the rigors of a liberal arts education and explore the college community as a whole, not being shut out of other educational opportunities that present themselves along the way. In attending a small college, professors from other departments become involved, assist, and engage students to utilize all aspects of their educational experience


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