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Summer 2018, Scotland Fringe Festival with Professors Morgan and Budd

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Join Fitchburg State for 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as students delve into the world of the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 that was shot down over Lockerbie, Scotland killing 259 people on board and 11 on the ground. 

Apply to this program by completing the online application.

THEA2850: Applied Acting/Scotland Fringe Festival (GDA, ART, CTW...pending approval)

Professor Kelly Morgan 

This course will offer the practical, on-stage experience of realizing a role in a fully mounted main stage production. Students will accomplish this through performance, maintaining an actor's journal and writing an analysis of the experience after the production is completed. This course may be taken for up to two times for credit. Prerequisites: THEA 2700.

IDIS/POLS2XXX: Topics: Global Issues Abroad/Global Issues at the Fringe (CTW, GDCN) 

Professor Eric Budd

This course introduces students to crucial global issues of our time. By using the performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as their experiences attending the Fringe Festival, students will learn about these different global issues, how they affect specific nations, and the challenges in addressing these issues. Topics will range from the environment, to migration/refugees, conflict/conflict-resolution, terrorism, globalization, etc. Through online readings, watching plays and other performances at the Fringe Festival that address Global Issues, gathering data and information both online and while travelling, the students will engage with these global problems and learn first-hand how they are affecting other nations. All students will be able to attend the performances at the Fringe Festival, either for free or at a reduced rate. Students who have already taken Global Issues or Global Issues in Film can also take this class. 

COMM 3026: Topics: Applied Marketing Communications (Pre-requisite: Writing I & Writing II)

Professor Randy Howe

Students work as a team to develop and implement a marketing communication strategy for a play to be delivered at an international theater festival. Individually students write a paper on the process that reflects on their role in this work, further making specific recommendations for future productions that at a minimum identifies market segments, describes the value of market research that led up to the event as well as the subsequent communication strategies that were employed. As a part of this course students will have an opportunity to attend the Fringe Festival in Scotland, however it is not a requirement.

Sample itinerary: 


July 31- August 16, 2018 (estimated)


Housing is provided by University of Edinburgh in the heart of festival activity.  Participants will be housed dormitory style, 5 people to a suite. Linens & fully equipped kitchens provided. Laundry facilities are available at a cost. 


$1800, estimated until plane tickets are purchased. 


Round trip airfare, local transportation, housing, medical insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International.

Does not include: 

GCE course, meals

Deposit deadlines: (Reasonably negotiated with Professor Morgan)

December 1, 2017 $500

January 29, 2018 $700 ; all fees for this program are non-refundable after this date.

May 1, 2018 Final payment $TBD

Please be advised Scotland is on the British pound and the exchange rate fluctuates.