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 shows a year, spanning genres, historical eras, and styles. All of our shows are performed, designed, and built by our talented students and faculty. The shows 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. In 2018, four of our students won all expenses paid national fellowships to the National KCACTF in Washington, DC. The fellowships were for Scenic Design, Stage Management, Directing, and Theatre Journalism.
Our home is the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, a professional-caliber 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.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by William Shakespeare
directed by Michael Yawney
To save a life, would you sell your soul? Shakespeare’s searing drama exposes the dark heart of the moral elite and the courage of those who fight hypocrisy.
January 31 – February 16, 2020
Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th Street
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