Why Study Theater at New College?

New College is known for its innovative approaches to the arts, and our Theater Area of Concentration (AOC) is no exception. New College’s Theater AOC is designed for students whose involvement in theatrical practice is matched by their interest in what theater does in the world.

Theater area of concentration

Currently it is not possible to graduate from New College with an Area of Concentration entirely in theater; the College has neither the faculty nor the facilities to support such a concentration. However, due in part to the College’s collaborative relationship with the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory of Actor Training, a highly selective graduate acting school located adjacent to the College campus in Sarasota, it is possible to include theater as a component within a “joint disciplinary” Area of Concentration: (e.g.. Literature/Theater, Visual Arts/Theater, Anthropology/Theater, Psychology/Theater.)

A component in theater should be undertaken by students as part of their undergraduate liberal arts education. Theater of course lends itself to this context, having many conceptual and historical relations to other liberal arts disciplines. Although over the years a few New College students have gone on to graduate study or professional employment in theater, it should be understood that theater study at the College is not pre-professional training; and students should be aware that making a career in theater remains extremely difficult. 


Recent Theses

  • Mapping Identity: Relationships Between In/Out Space
  • Explorations of Irishness in Synge, McDonagh, Yeats, & Beckett
  • Hear Say: Identity, Communication, and Language in the Modern Metaplay or Adventures in Playwriting
  • Frailty Thy Name is Woman: A Theatrical Exploration of Motherhood and Masochistic Play
  • Killing Pearl: When Hester Chooses Infanticide–Confronting Motherhood and the Redemptive Fantasy of The Scarlet Letter in Suzan-Lori Parks’s The Red Letter Plays
  • On the Nature of the Puppet: An Exploration of Four Puppet-Plays
  • Dramatic Production: An Acting Workshop for Writers
  • Theater of the Community: Connecting Communities in North Sarasota
  • Acting Existentialism: Jean-Paul Sarte’s Huis Clos… Adaptation, Production and Criticism
  • More than Heavenly Power Permits: The Faust Myth and Man’s Striving in Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus,” Goethe’s “Faust” and Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita”


More Information

Theater Curriculum

By graduation, students need to have taken the equivalent of 8-10 courses in theater or about half the total courses for their entire, joint-disciplinary Area of Concentration.

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Black Box Theater

Driving directions: 
5845 General Dougher Place Sarasota, FL 34243 Park in the Sudakoff Lot, Enter the theater through Hamilton Center

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Undergraduate Program

New College of Florida offers more than 35 different majors in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of interdisciplinary concentrations.

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