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Theater Concentration

The Theater concentration provides students the opportunity each semester to perform full-scale theatrical productions that are produced and directed by our Theater faculty and students. Our Theater professors are members of professional unions and they act and direct in Boston and New York City. Productions range from the Greeks to the contemporary repertoire. By the time our students graduate, after completing a required 12-credit professional internship, they will have acquired a wide range of skills and a repertoire of material that will support their goals of either pursuing further studies at the graduate level or directly entering the profession.

Theater Professor Kelly Morgan talks about the program at Fitchburg State.
He was the 2017 recipient of the Vincent J. Mara Excellence in Teaching Award

Upcoming Productions

Trans Scripts Part 1: The Women

by Paul Lucas
Based on over seventy interviews conducted around the world by playwright Paul Lucas, Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, is a compelling exploration of the lives of trans women, as told in their own words. These unique and compelling stories are honest, funny, moving, insightful, and inspiring, but most of all, they are human, shedding light not on our differences but on what we all, as humans, share.

Trans Scripts Part I: The Women by Paul Lucas
Graphic Design by John Nelson

Tuesday, November 12th at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 17th at 2:00 p.m.

For mature audiences due to language and adult themes.

Free Admission
Wallace Center for The Performing Arts (McKay Entrance B)
67 Ridge Rd, Fitchburg MA


by Peter Anderegg
“Happiness is hard to find and something’s always in the way” is an idea explored in nine short plays that pit two characters with competing, mutually exclusive aspirations against each other. Produced by Thisbe Theater Company in association with the Communications Media Department. 

Preview: Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20th at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23rd at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 24th at 2:00 p.m.

Free Admission, but donations accepted at the door.
Wallace Center for The Performing Arts (McKay Entrance B)
67 Ridge Rd, Fitchburg MA

Past Productions

Students performing in "Dead Mad"
Dead Mad by Peter Anderegg, Photo by Andrew Allen

Students acting in "The Diviners"
The Diviners

Students acting in "The Women of Lockerbie"
The Women of Lockerbie

An actor on the set of "Much Ado About Nothing"
Much Ado About Nothing

Students performing in "Noises Off!"
Noises Off! 
Photo by Steve Renzi

Students huddled on the ground, performing in "Fausted"

Two actors at a chess table in "(Sacco-Vanzetti): Vince, Al, & Teddy"
(Sacco-Vanzetti): Vince, Al, & Teddy

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Every three years Fitchburg State’s theater students perform at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. This annual festival is the largest arts festival in the world. Performers travel from all over the globe to perform here. Fitchburg State has performed seven shows in the festival between 2000 and 2018.

The Women of Lockerbie was presented by Fitchburg State at the 2018 festival. It was written by Deborah Brevoot and directed by Kelly Morgan. 

Faculty and students posing outside at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Faculty and students at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The "Women of Lockerbie" cast posing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Women of Lockerbie cast at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Every year during the last week of January, Fitchburg State's Theater students travel to the regional KCACTF Festival and compete in a variety of acting, directing, stage management, design/technical and theater criticism events and attend a variety of professional workshops that support their professional development. Fitchburg State has had full productions invited to the festival. The most recently featured Fitchburg State production was LYLH. This play was written, produced, and directed by students in 2013.

Theater Concentration

Required Courses:

THEA 1700 Stage Movement 3 cr.
THEA 1720 Voice and Articulation 3 cr.
THEA 2700 Acting I 3 cr.
THEA 3010 Acting for the Camera 3 cr.
THEA 3550 Page to Stage Script Analysis 3 cr.
THEA 2730 OR
THEA 2740
History of Theater I OR
History of Theater II
3 cr.


THEA 2100 Children's Theater 3 cr.
THEA 2730 History of Theater I 3 cr.
THEA 2740 History of Theater II 3 cr.
THEA 2800 Acting II 3 cr.
THEA 2850 Applied Acting
(May be taken twice for credit)
3 cr.
THEA 3010 Acting for the Camera 3 cr.
THEA 3002 Artist as Business 3 cr.
THEA 3003 Dramaturgy 3 cr.
THEA 3035 Playwriting 3 cr.
THEA 3400 Advanced Stage Movement 3 cr.
THEA 3500 Voice II 3 cr.
THEA 3600 Auditioning 3 cr.
THEA 3700 Directing the Play 3 cr.

For more information, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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