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Department of Theatre2021-01-08T22:14:27+00:00

🎉 Welcome Back!

Dear FIU Theatre Family,

Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester! I am looking forward to another semester of creativity, growth, and hard work and I cannot wait to see what this team of artists – both students and faculty – create under these challenging circumstances.

Let’s face it, all of us wish we were “back to normal.” Like you, I miss the full hallways, theatres, and studios at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. But as with theatres around the country and the world, we are having to adapt and learn new ways to create our work. Our productions this past Fall were a testament to the intelligence and creative abilities of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guest artists.

Everyone’s safety continues to be our number 1 priority. While the end of last year brought the welcomed news of a vaccine, the process of distributing that vaccine is only just beginning. This means we are still not at a point where we can make a full return to campus safely.

Your faculty has worked very hard to adapt your courses to the new reality. Rest assured that we have planned a semester full of assignments that will challenge you to develop your creativity and craft and continue your journey of growth as a theatre artist.

Most courses will be offered remotely, while some courses will return in a hyflex or hybrid model. That means some of the class sessions will take place on campus, and some will happen online. Your professors will have more information about how your course will be conducted on the first day of class.

As we slowly begin to come back to campus, it is extremely important that we adhere to the University’s Panthers Protecting Panthers safety guidelines which include wearing masks at all times while on campus, maintaining a social distance of at least six feet, frequently washing your hands, and checking in on the P3 app before coming to campus to complete the health screening.

The P3 app will ask you questions about any symptoms you may be experiencing and either clear you to come on campus or tell you to remain off-campus and monitor your symptoms or get tested for covid.

Although some classes will return to the building, our production work will remain remote. We have two exciting online productions lined up for Spring 2021, both with a full design and rehearsal process. While we undoubtedly miss the experience of live theatre, this unusual situation provides us with unique opportunities to innovate.

Our first production is the raucous Ancient Greek comedy, Lysistrata about an ordinary woman who finds her power and says enough is enough. Then in April, we present Jose Rivera’s Sonnets for an Old Century, a radiant play about the things we take with us as we begin again.

This semester each play will stream on three separate days, giving everyone more opportunities to. Visit our website for more information on the plays and the links to reserve your streaming ticket.

Spring also means participating in the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which will also be held remotely this year. The Festival will give you the opportunity to attend workshops, watch productions, and connect with other theatre artists from around the region. Also, our design students and Irene Ryan acting nominees will be able to present their work for respondents from around the region for an opportunity to win scholarships and awards.

We are also honored to have been invited to present last semester’s production of Pipeline at the festival. This is our fourth invited production in the last five years, an incredible accomplishment that serves as a testament to the talent of our students and faculty.

Finally, we close out the semester celebrating the incredible work of our talented seniors. The BFA Acting Senior Projects and our BFA & BA Design Senior Expo is the culmination of four years of hard work, growth, and creativity.

Make sure you continue to check your department email and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to receive important updates about department activities, workshops, and our productions.

If you have questions or need any help in achieving your learning goals, please do not hesitate to contact me or the rest of your faculty. We are here for you.

Thank you and let’s have another great semester!

Joel Murray
Chair and Artistic Director
FIU Theatre

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 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.

Chair’s Message



Tired of watching politicos play war? Enough is enough! Join Lysistrata and help her stop the bang-bang. A raucous comedy from the politically incorrect Ancient Greeks.

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Our Fall 2020 Production schedule features virtual readings and an original devised theatre play created by the students of FIU Theatre.

Fall 2020


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


Prospective Students


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



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.



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.

Portfolio Reviews

Current Students


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 Handbook


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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FIU Theatre offers an opportunity for students to study abroad in Stratford, England. Participants watch productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company and visit landmarks such as Shakespeare’s birthplace. Click below for more information on this exciting opportunity.

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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.

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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!

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

Events Calendar

Department of Theatre News

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Congratulations CARTA class of Fall 2020!

December 8th, 2020|

Dear CARTA Graduating Class of 2020, On behalf of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, I’d like to congratulate each and every one of you on your great accomplishments! Your last semester on campus was a time I know you and your families had been anticipating [...]

2608, 2020

In memory of Wayne E. Robinson, Jr.

August 26th, 2020|

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Wayne E. Robinson, Jr., Associate Professor from FIU’s Department of Theatre. Professor Robinson passed away in his home in Pembroke Pines at the age of 60. Wayne Robinson graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech [...]

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