Theatre (BA, Certificates, Minors, and Theatre Season)
FSU Theatre is home to a BA in Theatre, with minor offerings in Theatre and Dance and certificates in General Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Dance. We produce an annual season of mainstage shows, including children's drama, musical theatre, African American drama, Classics and Play in a Day. Our program is led by world-class faculty with strong ties to the professional field. With deep ties to the professional theatre community in and around Fayetteville, our program maximizes student potential.
Why Choose Theatre?
Our academic program includes an internship and other professional development so students may anticipate working in the field upon graduation. Many of our productions are part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which showcases work from the nation's leading college and university theatre. Graduates of our program have gone on to graduate school, teaching or professional work in the field.
Where Will You Learn?
Most FSU Theatre productions take place in our 200-seat Butler Theater in the heart of the east FSU campus. Equipped with state of the art lighting and sound technology and a fully furnished scene shop, Butler Theater is home to most of our mainstage shows and many of our classes. We occasionally produce shows in FSU's 1100-seat Seabrook Auditorium, including our children's production and special classics and musicals.
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We offer several exciting programs for students interested in performance, design, production, directing, musical theatre, playwriting, and much more. Programs include:
- BA in Theatre
- Minor in Theatre
- Minor in Dance
- Undergraduate Certificate in General Theatre
- Undergraduate Certificate in Musical Theatre
- Undergraduate Certificate in Dance
What Will You Learn in the Theatre Major?
- Demonstrate competency in creating, researching, critically analyzing, and evaluating a theatrical artifact.
- Implement conceptually, critically, and practically the components integral to the theatrical artifact.
- Identify and understand historical, multicultural, and social contexts for an artifact as they pertain to significant periods, genres, and styles.
- Exhibit competency in the responsibilities involved in collaborating as a production team member.
FSU Dance is a minor and certificate program that offers an array of courses covering a variety of dance styles. Students begin with basic techniques and expand to more advanced work in modern dance, jazz styles, history, and even musical theatre. The certificate is ideal for artists wanting to improve their craft, resume, or prospects for studio teaching, performance, and classroom employment. Students will work closely with FSU Dance Ensemble, an on-campus group that rehearses and performs regularly. For more information, contact Dance faculty, Avis Hatcher-Puzzo.
Musical Theatre Certificate
FSU Theatre offers a certificate program in Musical Theatre that develops the student's abilities in performance across acting, music, and dance areas, as well as the study of the history and contemporary practice of musical theatre. The certificate is ideal for artists seeking careers in musical theatre as well as educators who encounter musical theatre demands in their schools. Students will work closely with FSU Theatre company, which produces annual plays, musicals, and public performances. For more information, contact Theatre professor, Phoebe Hall.
What Will You Do?
With drive, initiative and ability, a degree or certificate in Theatre and/or Dance prepares you for numerous career choices and possibilities. Practical skills in performance, communication, education, management, design, and production prepare you for careers in:
- Actor Stand-in (film work)
- Theme Park Entertainment Comedian/Impersonator
- Stunt Coordinator Technical Director
- Scenic Painter Costumer/Draper/Dresser
- Sound Board Operator Light Board Operator
- Stage Hand Properties Coordinator
- Dramaturge Playwright
- Theatre/Film Critic Broadcast journalist
- Entertainment writer/editor Screenwriter
Additional Career Paths:
Not everyone wants to be on stage and that's okay. Theatre is an excellent major for developing job-related skills, and employers seeks skills developed in theatre classes and productions-skills such as building teamwork, communication and commitment.
- Direction Design
- Technical Theatre & Production Management
- Acting Education & Instruction
- Theatre History Theatre/Film Criticism
- Writing Criticism
- Talent Representation (i.e., agents) Labor Relations
- Producing Advertising/Marketing
- Radio/TV Voice Work
- Training & Development Public Affairs
- Box Office Public Relations
2019-2020 Annual Season
Play in a Day
FSU Theatre in partnership with FTCC
Sept. 6th & 7th
$2 general admission
Fayetteville State University (FSU) Theatre announces its Play in a Day project in partnership with FTCC. The project invites participation from FSU and FTCC students, faculty, and staff, as well as local high school students and members of the community to the highly caffeinated adventure in which plays are written, rehearsed, designed, and performed in 24 hours. Play in a day will involve a kickoff event on Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by an overnight writing session by playwrights and movies and theatre games and training sessions for the rest of the crew. After finishing their writing by the next morning, the freshly-minted scripts will be taken up by actors, directors, designers, technicians, and managers who will rehearse the plays throughout the day in time for a 7:30 p.m. performance of the plays on Saturday night. Students and other interested participants will be able to engage in one of a variety of production areas, from writing to acting to stage management to lighting and props work. The goal of Play in a Day is to produce fully realized scripts, usually of 5-15 minutes in length, and to put participants into active production roles with intense demands. The result is a mixture of high creativity, artistic impulse, sleep deprivation, temper, improvisation, failure, success, and caffeine. Participants are forced to make decisions on a deadline - a bit like Hunger Games for theatre - and learn firsthand the necessities of prioritization, problem-solving, and good humor. Above all, Play in a Day usually sees great success at creating bonds between participants and working to create a community of theatre makers in a short period of time. The Play in a Day performances begin at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday in FSU's Butler Theater. The new plays may not be suitable for all audiences. For more information please contact Jeremy Fiebig, Professor of Theatre, at (910) 672-2574 or email@example.com.
CHILDREN OF EDEN
Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby
Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and Martin Erskine
CHILDREN OF EDEN ss presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. MTIShows.com
Directed by Jeremy Fiebig
Designed by David Griffie
Music Direction by Leeann Valcarcel
October 24-26 at 7:30pm; October 27 at 3pm
$18 general admission/$10 faculty-staff/$5 students
Written by legendary theatre artists John Caird (Les Miserables) and Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), Children of Eden explores the Creation and Noah's Ark stories with a fresh perspective, foot-stomping music, and a heart-rending story of family, love, and letting go. Known for its soaring sounds that range from African to Gospel to contemporary Broadway sounds, Children of Eden follows Adam, Eve, Cain, Able, Noah, and his family as they navigate the triumphs and trials of making new worlds. Suitable for the whole family, this transformative, vibrant show will stir your heart and move your feet.
Written and Performed by Sonny Kelly
$15 general admission/$5 faculty-staff/$2 students
The Talk by Sonny Kelly is a one-man show that draws on the voices of ancestors, elders, youths and intellectuals to engage in the difficult conversations that we must have with our children as we prepare them to survive and thrive in a divided America. In 2015, as police brutality swept the country, Kelly, a young African-American father, found himself struggling to explain the state of the nation to his young son. Out of that frustration grew The Talk, a project that weaves together Kelly's scholarly work as a Ph.D. student in UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of Communication and his moving family history. Every performance will conclude with a talkback with Sonny Kelly and panels of experts including scholars, representatives of local law enforcement, educators and civic leaders. Watch a brief video about the show: youtu.be/pqjaLeAN_44
Anansi: Trick, Tales and Tattles
By Phoebe Hall
FSU Theatre Company
Feb. 20 & 21 - school performances 9am and 10am; Feb. 22 10am
$4 general admission (chaperones free)
Written by FSU Theatre faculty Phoebe Hall. Student directed. Original trickster tales from the West Indies based on myths, folk tales and legends from Ghana featuring their beloved well-known trickster, Anansi the Spider. School groups and home school student groups are especially encouraged to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations.
Student-Directed One-Act Festival
FSU Theatre Company
Apr.2-47:30pm Thursday-Saturday; 2pm Saturday matinee
Admission by donation
When we say "Festival," we mean party. Join FSU theatre students for a celebration of storytelling, drama, and performance as they present a series of short, one-act plays. A mix of contemporary edge and timeless classics, our festival puts students in the director's chair, enabling them to discover their voices in a weekend of wonder.
Showtimes are indicated on the season listing. The student ticket price is in effect ONLY until curtain time. After curtain time, the full adult ticket price applies. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited and FSU shows tend to sell out fast!
- The FSU Ticket Office and Manager, Ms. Antoinette Fairley, can be reached at 910-672-1724.
- Tickets are available for advance purchase at etix.com
- For information, call (910) 672-2574 or email email@example.com
- If you have a complimentary ticket, it must be picked up by 15 minutes prior to the show. If it is not picked up by curtain time, it is forfeited and you will be charged the full adult price.
- Student prices apply ONLY to the student with the ID. Student tickets will be sold one per ID card. Students may only pick up their own tickets. Extra tickets will be charged at the full adult price.
- Please Note: If you arrive after the show has started you may not be seated until an appropriate break in the play (for example at scene change or intermission.)
- If you use a cell phone, flash camera or video camera during the show an usher will ask that you leave.
- Theatre Etiquette and Guidelines for Audiences indicate NO cell phones, flash photos, digital devices or videotaping please!
- Children are welcome at FSU Theatre productions; however, disruptive children may be escorted from the performance.
Credit given to EbzB Productions for the following Guidelines.
Unlike television and movies, theatre thrives on the participation of the audience. Audience reactions and responses can be heard by performers and have a direct effect on the quality of the entire performance. The following are guidelines to help new theatergoers understand both the importance and responsibilities of being a good audience member. Appropriate audience behavior ensures a good experience for everyone.
Be Orderly and Prompt - Safety is the primary concern. Please respect other audience members and the theatre building by entering and exiting in an orderly fashion. Please, no running, pushing, or horseplay. It is best to arrive fifteen minutes early, as latecomers can disrupt the performers and the audience-or may not be seated until later! Please visit rest rooms before or after the performance, or during intermission.
Read - A playbill is provided to inform you about the play and the actors you are about to see. Reading it before the lights dim will provide you with a deeper understanding of what you see and hear on stage.
Listen and Observe - There is so much to hear (dialogue, music, sound effects, inflection, etc.) and so much to see (costumes, props, set design, lighting effects and theatre architecture). Unlike video, you cannot rewind if you miss something. When the lights dim for the show to begin, it is the audience's cue to stop talking and begin listening.
Unplug - Please turn off all electronics or anything that beeps: cell phones, cameras, watches, etc. If you are with someone who has a hearing aid that emits a high pitch, please politely alert them to silence it. Inappropriate noises are a distraction for both the actors and the audience. Even whispering to your neighbor is considered an inappropriate distraction.
Please, 'Don't Feed The Audience' - Food, drink, and gum are not allowed inside the theatre. Katherine Hepburn, great stage and screen actress, once stopped a Broadway performance when she heard an audience member crinkling a candy wrapper! Eating and drinking, while permitted in movie theatres, is extremely distracting to live performers.
Laugh Out Loud - Positive audience sounds are encouraged. You may freely and honestly respond to the performance with by laughing, applauding, crying, and expressing any other forms of appreciation and emotion. And, by all means, please do participate if asked by the actors to contribute a verbal response.
Think - Think about your theatre experience during and after the performance. Are there lessons to be learned? How does the material apply to your life? Would you make the same decisions as the characters in the circumstances given? Did the performance inspire you? Are you happy, angry, bored, or encouraged by what you saw? Think it through and talk about it with others after the show.
Thank you and enjoy the performance!