Associate in Arts (A.A.)
Challenge yourself to achieve new theatrical heights at FLCC. You'll fill on-stage and behind-the-scenes roles, and develop an understanding and appreciation of all aspects of the theatre as you prepare for transfer and a career.
Through FLCC's Theatre Arts program, you'll gain the technical production, acting, and communications skills needed to steal the show. This program emphasizes the practical experience necessary to pursue acting, dramaturgy, directing, management, and production. You'll also have the opportunity to augment your education with the addition of video production or music coursework.
The skills gained through this program are designed to prepare you for success in the theatre, but did you know that employers across many industries seek these skills in job candidates? Whether you plan to launch a career in the theatre or parlay your education into another field, you'll develop a strong work ethic, grace under pressure, problem-solving abilities, communications expertise, public speaking skills, and self-confidence. When you study theatre, you develop the soft skills that are needed for success in a variety of careers.
Throughout your program experience, you'll prepare for transfer to a four-year college, university, or conservatory, and you'll gain the necessary skills for both theatre and non-theatre careers. You'll be encouraged to participate in a variety of productions including musicals, plays, a touring children's theatre production, and the 10-minute play festival.
Organized trips to New York City and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival are offered each year by the Theatre Club, providing you with unique out-of-class learning opportunities.
This program offers classes in performance, technician work, theatre history, literature, and more. Combined with caring and attentive faculty, you'll find your niche in this program — our instructors help students explore their options and delve into their favorite aspects of theatre. Plus, FLCC students gain new experiences each semester with different kinds of productions.
Students at other schools often have to wait until their junior or senior year to participate in a show. Not at FLCC. Our students learn by doing, and enjoy the creative freedom to build characters, write plays, and design productions. Your creativity and dedication is valued in this program!
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will:
- Collaborate to devise, rehearse, perform, and realize theatrical works in a variety of styles and modalities.
- Analyze and interpret dramatic literature with special consideration for its historical and theatrical contexts.
- Apply critical thinking through writing at the college level.
If you are a curious and motivated student, exploring Honors Studies courses at FLCC will provide you alternative educational experiences. Honors classes center on reflection and community building. They are available to full-time and part-time students in all degree programs. Successful completion of these courses, or earning your Honors Studies certificate or diploma, can increase your transfer options and make you eligible for specific scholarships.
Theatre Arts is part of the Visual and Performing Arts department, which features faculty who bring to the classroom a wide range of talent and real-world expertise. Each faculty member is an expert in a particular area of the discipline and continually strives to stay current with skills.
Faculty in this program hold master's and doctoral degrees, and they have received additional training or certification in specialized areas, such as mime and yoga. Instructors in this program have extensive professional experience as directors, set and lighting designers, carpenters, stage managers, electricians, and actors, and they have directed and designed a significant number of widely-varied productions.
Together, the faculty have served as conference presenters and judges for various theatrical and oratorical events, and they have been organizational members and leaders of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, the Theatre Association of New York State, Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
"I am an actor, and I can say that in my time here at FLCC, the Theatre program has played a major role in my progression and enhancement as an actor."