Theater Arts Major

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From Broadway to the Bard, this degree program features practical learning experiences, international theatre studies and the opportunity to both study with a highly credentialed faculty and be mentored by accomplished theatre professionals. Freshmen Theatre Arts Majors will study Basic Acting, Voice, Stagecraft and the History of Theatre on the campus at Madison, NJ. During the student's second semester of Sophomore year or first semester of Junior year, they will spend a semester at FDU’s overseas campus in England. Wroxton College is located just outside Stratford-on-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Upon returning to Madison, students will be able to track into a variety of areas such as Acting, Musical Theater, Directing, Playwriting or Design & Technical Production. They will also have the opportunity to intern with a casting director, theatrical agent or small off Broadway theater company in New York City. Madison’s proximity to New York City enables students to take advantage of the many opportunities available in the “theater capital of the world”, such as seeing professional shows in our "Night at the Theater" class.

The Theatre Program produces four main stage productions each year—including two musicals—in the 350-seat Dreyfuss Theater, all directed and designed by professionals in their area. In addition, the student run drama club, Fairleigh Dramatics, presents cabaret shows, showcases and other events in a small black box theater throughout the year.

An audition is required to be accepted as a Theater Major and additional scholarship money is available based on a student's potential  Auditions take place throughout the year and dates and times can be obtained from the Admissions office - 973 443 8900 or

Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Six areas of concentration are offered:

  • Acting Concentration
  • Musical Theatre Concentration
  • Design and Technical Theater Concentration
  • Directing Concentration
  • Playwriting Concentration
  • Theater Studies Concentration

Students should see College requirements for details of the general education requirements.

Theater Arts BA Major and Concentrations

  • Theater Arts BA
  • Theater Arts BA Acting Concentration
  • Theater Arts BA Design and Technical Theater Concentration
  • Theater Arts BA Directing Concentration
  • Theater Arts BA Musical Theater Concentration
  • Theater Arts BA Playwriting Concentration

View requirements for major and concentrations.

Theater Arts Minor

The theater arts minor is not for students majoring in theater arts. The minor in theater arts consists of six courses (18 credits) that cover both an academic and practical approach to the subject. The combined courses will give students an insight into the history and development of theater plus practical exposure to all creative aspects of theater -- acting, directing and writing -- and also will provide them with knowledge to enhance future theater-going experiences.

Past Productions

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On-Going Activities in the Theater

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For more information on Theater Arts program call  (973) 443-8635 • The Visual & Performing Arts Department.

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