Department of Theatre2024-02-20T14:24:42+00:00

FIU Theatre

FIU Theatre is uniquely situated in a major global city distinguished by cultural diversity and a vibrant arts scene. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the department’s primary purpose is to immerse students in the practical work of theatre production while familiarizing them with world theatre history, criticism, literature, theory, and analysis.

We produce 4-5 plays a year, spanning genres, historical eras, and styles. All of our plays are performed, designed, and built by our talented students and faculty. The plays serve as the laboratories where our students put their learning into practice.

Only 125 majors are selected for our program. This gives our students many opportunities to work on productions and receive one-on-one mentorship from our quality faculty. FIU is the fourth largest university in the country, meaning our students get all of the perks of a large university while enjoying the luxury of a small program.

Our students travel to, and present work at, regional and national conferences like the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), where they are consistently recognized for the quality of their work. Over the past 5 years, 39 students have received 54 awards, including 7 scholarships to attend the national Kennedy Center festival in Washington, DC.

Our home is The Wertheim, a professional theatre venue with a 200 seat proscenium theatre and a 90-120 seat black box theatre. It also has cutting-edge scene and costume shops, a design studio, and a light lab stocked with the latest technology. We also have classroom and performance spaces across campus, like our DM-150 Theatre where we perform some of our shows and present student-directed work.

Productions

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CURRENT

Madrid. 1987. Pepa, Candela, Marisa, Lucia, and Paulina are having a very VERY bad night. Maybe the gazpacho can save them?

A gritty, funny, full-of-heart musical based on Pedro Almodóvar’s internationally acclaimed film. Join us for a rollicking night as we officially launch FIU’s new musical theatre programs!

23-24 SEASON

Our 50th season is not one to miss! Including an Agatha Christie mystery, a Shakespeare epic, a toe-tapping musical, and a Pulitzer winner.

MEDIA

Go behind the scenes and check out our show trailers and production photos.

Prospective Students

DEGREES

FIU Theatre offers BFA degrees in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Design and a BA in Theatre. Click below for more information on our degree programs.

AUDITIONS

Prospective students with a strong interest in acting need to audition to be admitted into the program. Click below for information on scheduling your audition, what you’ll need to prepare, and what you can expect on your audition day.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Prospective students with a strong interest in design and technology management need to schedule an interview and portfolio review with our faculty. Click below for information on scheduling your interview and what you’ll need to bring with you.

Current Students

STUDENT HANDBOOK

The Student Handbook contains all of the information and policies you need to know as an FIU Theatre student. Click below to read the Student Handbook.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

FIU Theatre has a very active chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. Click for more information on their events, activities, and how to join.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

FIU Theatre offers a variety of scholarships to help students fund their education. Click below for more information on all scholarships and how you can apply.

Community

THE GREENHOUSE

The Greenhouse is a summer new play development series. Three South Florida playwrights are selected for one week intensive residencies to workshop and revise a draft of a full length play.

SUMMER CAMP

Our Summer Camp gives children ages 6-12 the opportunity to explore their creative side, develop valuable social skills, and boost their confidence…all while having TONS OF FUN!

EVENTS CALENDAR

FIU Theatre has many shows, student projects, and workshops throughout the academic year. Click below for a calendar of our events.

Department of Theatre News

1109, 2023

Olivia de Guzman joins the FIU Theatre faculty to lead the new BFA in Musical Theatre program

September 11th, 2023|

Things are getting a whole lot more musical around FIU Theatre with the official launch of our BFA degree in Musical Theatre and new assistant professor, Olivia de Guzman is leading the charge. Last year, the department conducted a national search to find the perfect person to develop [...]

2908, 2023

Faculty Summer Activities: Melvin Huffnagle, Actor

August 29th, 2023|

Assistant Professor Melvin Huffnagle starred in M Ensemble’s production of Two Trains Running by August Wilson in May. Set in the turbulent 1960s, the play unfolds in a diner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood, where a diverse group of characters gathers amidst the backdrop of social change and [...]

2508, 2023

Faculty Summer Activities: Jennifer Ivey, Scenic Artist and Advocate

August 25th, 2023|

This summer, Assistant Professor Jennifer Ivey attended conferences both in the United States and internationally in her roles as a leader and advocate in theatrical design. She also worked as a scenic artist locally. Ivey attended the Prague Quadrennial Arts Festival (PQ) in the Czech Republic where she [...]