Dr. Cara Gargano, Chair
Department of Theatre, Film & Dance
Dear Prospective Students,
Welcome to the Post Theatre Company web site! The Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance offers a BFA in Dance Studies, a BA in Theatre, a BFA in Acting/Performance, a BFA in Design and Theatre Production, a BFA in Arts Management, a BFA in Film and an MA in Theatre. Theatre, Film and Dance students work closely together and benefit immensely from residing in one department.
This year we are focusing on exciting new work, and we will open our season with Brush Up your Shakespeare: a Cabaret, host a New Play Festival, and produce a full production of Green Girl, by Sarah Hammond and an evening with our Improv Troupe. Our Spring season opens with a non-traditional senior Honor's student production of The Balcony, and continues with Roaring Girle, by Alice Tuan, a Showcase for the First-year students, New Work from the BFA Advanced Acting Studio, and Scenes from the Directing Studio.
In our 2007-2008 season we focused on Shakespeare, and opened our season with a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare's The Tempest, and an evening with our Improv Troupe. Our Spring season featured a non-traditional production of As You Like It, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare, a Cabaret with music from musicals inspired by Shakespeare, a Showcase for the First-year students, New Work from the BFA Advanced Acting Studio, and Scenes from the Directing Studio, and our annual Senior Showcase.
Selected BFA students were invited to participate in a 6-week workshop with actress Lynn Redgrave.
Our recent production of Third Child was invited to participate in the Teatri I Contesti Theatre Festival in Urbino, Italy in July 2006 and appeared at the Prague Fringe Festival 2007 the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival, one of 200 out of 800 productions to apply.
In past years our production of The Iphigenia Defense was invited to Montreal as the American entry to the Festival Suroît and our production of The Bacchae was invited to an international conference on Greek theatre in Cyprus; on the way to Cyprus the production was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The 1997 production of The Skriker was invited to the Regional Festival of the American College Theatre Festival Association and went on to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as winner of the national award. We frequently bring the Post Theatre Company back to school a week early for workshops on Shakespeare or other specialized performance techniques and a theatre orientation. We also produce two dance concerts, several student theses and a Post Theatre Student Association (PTSA) season.
Because our campus is on the beautiful Marjorie Merriweather Post estate, located on Long Island, 30 miles east of Manhattan, we are able to invite New York professionals and touring groups to work with our company. Most of our directors are professionals who work regularly in Manhattan and in regional theatre, and our Senior Showcase, held at an Off-Broadway theatre, offers our graduating BFA students the opportunity to audition for agents at graduation.
Many of our alumni are working in dance, theatre, and film all over the world. Sound designers, carpenters and stage managers are working on Broadway in Jeckyll and Hyde, Lion King, Peter Pan and at Lincoln Center; costume designers and wardrobe personnel in Titanic, Saturday Night Live, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Actors are working in film and television in such shows as NYPD Blue and in such touring companies as Rent, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe and Peter Pan.
For performers, admission to our Theatre and Dance programs is through an interview and an audition, usually after you have made application to the University. Our on-campus audition dates for the Fall 2009 on the following dates: November 7, 2008, February 13, 2009, and March 27, 2009. Should you be interested in auditioning for our program please call 516-299-2353 to make an appointment for one of those dates. We also typically audition annually at the Texas Magnet auditions, the International Thespian Auditions, and the Southeastern Theatre Festival; if you are called backed at one of those sites that will complete the audition requirement and you will not need to audition again. We ask auditioners to bring 1 short monologue and have a contrasting monologue available if asked. Monologues should be age-appropriate (we suggest that you not use Shakespeare) and you may bring 16 bars of a song if you are interested in Musical Theatre. Please plan an audition that is no longer than 3 minutes in total time.
Selected students are asked to return for the interview. If you are traveling a distance and you are called back we will attempt to schedule an interview on the date of your audition but this is not always possible.
Technical Theatre and Arts Management students are asked to do a portfolio review and an interview and should make an appointment with the Department Office. The interview is a very important part of our admissions process to all programs in the department. Please call the department office at the above number for further information.
The students we choose to join us are very special people, with a commitment to theatre not only as performers, management and designers, but in all areas. Limited scholarships are available to students who show special talent and need. I hope you will plan to visit us and meet some of our students and talk to them about our program. Please feel free to call me at the above number with any questions you may have. I can also be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Dr. Cara Gargano