Developing the new generation of Theatrical Artist by empowering them through opportunities to discover and begin the journey in mastering their Artistry.
The Theatre program, offered through the Humanities Department, leads to an Associate in Science (AS) degree and provides students with skills and knowledge necessary to begin a career in the theatre Through a series of classes designed to lay the foundation of a concrete approach to working in the theatre, working on a variety fully-produced plays, devised theatre, and theatre for social justice, students gain vital knowledge and insight that prepares them not only to perform in theatre, but to engage with the world in which we live. Additionally, through a partnership with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), students have the opportunity to observe and work with top theatre and entertainment professionals in the creation of new work.
It’s a daunting scenario. A community college commits to producing a brand-new musical, the first the theater program has undertaken. The show is cast a year in advance, with 19 students, before any script exists.
When the 10-week rehearsal period begins, there are only a handful of songs written. Material only begins to start coming in earnest two weeks into the process, and keeps coming through tech rehearsals. That’s what Stefanie Sertich, associate professor and program director for theatre at LaGuardia Community College, committed herself to when she programmed Columbus is Happening. Click here to continue the article.
Our Fall 2019 Production will be a devised piece. Devised theatre - frequently called collective creation - is a method of theatre-making in which the script or (if it is a predominantly physical work) performance score originates from collaborative, often improvisatory work by a performing ensemble. Come see what our students come up with! Join us from November 13 – November 20. Information on tickets are coming soon!
Nayarit Alcantara (LaGuardia Theatre Program Alumn ’18) was the 2018 Region I and National ASPIRE Leadership in the Arts Winner. The $5,000 National award was presented to Nayarit by Thomas Shumacher, President Disney Theatrical Group. Nayarit will also participate in a 9 month paid internship at a LORT Theatre in NYC.
In association with the League of Resident Theatres Diversity Initiative (LORT) and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Nayarit was in residence at the Kennedy Center National Festival and was mentored by Victoria Nolan and Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., of the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre.During her time in Washington she met with leading arts administrators in the community, including Edgar Dobie at Arena Stage and the President of the Kennedy Center, Deborah F. Rutter, and her senior staff.
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Current Students Log in to My LaGuardia to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides. Prospective Students Review the curriculum. Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more. Degree Map Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page. For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
The Theatre Program, offered through the Humanities Department, leads to an Associate of Science (AS) degree and provides students with skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a wide spectrum of careers in the theatre.
Students develop performance-based skills through a combination of classroom training and theatre experience. Participation in productions — classic and modern plays, musicals, developmental readings, and student productions — will be a part of every students’ program.
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A unique documentary film produced by LaGuardia Community College, directed by Sandy Chase and featuring LaGuardia theatre students, exploring the history of racial issues throughout the U.S., premiering at the 2017 Queens World Film Festival. The film elegantly weaves together a historical account of housing segregation in Rosedale, Queens, with a fictional portrayal of a black family trying to integrate into a predominantly white Chicago suburb in scenes from A Raisin in the Sun, and interviews with LaGuardia theatre students about their first-hand experiences with gentrification.
Shown in the 9th Annual CUNY Film Festival on April 28th, 2017
Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival Each year, LaGuardia Community College participates in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, Region 1. The festival is an opportunity for students to compete and experience more training in areas of acting, directing, arts management, dramaturgy, playwriting, design and tech management. Students who attend the annual festival are also exposed to four-year colleges in CUNY, SUNY and Universities in the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Students audition for summer internships, fellowships and transfer opportunities. Currently, our students are transferring to Boston University, Pace University, Marymount of Manhattan, The New School, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Lehman College, Queens College, Dean College, SUNY New Paltz and others. Our students have also been accepted and receiving scholarships to Commonwealth Shakespeare and Margolis Method Training Center in Barcelona. For more information please visit The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 website.
Here is a list of our Achievements at KCACTF:
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LaGuardia’s Theatre program is articulated with Queens College and Lehman College allowing for all 60 credits earned to transfer towards a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, provided the following requirements are met:
If you meet these requirements, 60 credits will count as transfer credits toward the BA program at Queens, and Lehman. An additional 60 credits will be required to earn a baccalaureate degree. Know that there are other schools you can transfer to. Here in the Theatre Program, it is our hope that you do transfer on to a 4-Year College. Your education in the arts should never stop. Below is a few other colleges that our students have transferred to.Brooklyn College, Hunter College, The City College of New York, SUNY Purchase, Wagner College, New York University, Dean College, Fitchburg State University, Western Connecticut Stage University, Boston University, Marymount Manhattan College, and many more.