Why Study Theater at New College?
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. In this joint disciplinary program – meaning that you must take theater combined with another area of study – you have the opportunity to take foundational acting and directing classes with the highly trained and experienced faculty from the nearby Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory of Actor Training, but you also will be pushed to delve deeply into the social, historical and cultural contexts of theater.
By combining your love of theater with study in another discipline, you will be able to explore the intersections between theater and the environment, theater and race, theater and gender or theater and politics, just to name a few. In fact, one of the truly unique aspects of our program is the freedom it provides for students to get involved in and produce the type of theatrical productions that most interest them.
As with all programs at New College, our Theater AOC requires a senior thesis or project in order to graduate. In the case of Theater, this might include a lengthy, written research paper on an area of special interest to you or it could include the writing and production of an original play or performance. You and your academic advisor will make the decision and determine the content and direction accordingly.