Theatre arts students at ASFA explore the world of theatre to develop their individual talents and to contribute to the collaborative process of theatre. Students participate in all phases of the department’s work. A good actor appreciates the labor involved in creating scenery, props and costumes, and a good technician appreciates the difficulty of creating a character on stage. Theatre arts course study includes acting, diction, movement, theater history, musical theatre, acting for film, directing, stagecraft, design and production courses. Acting faculty includes artists from all areas of the world of theatre and film and the nation’s top conservatories and institutes. Among these are industry professionals who are members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Actors’ Equity Association, who bring real world experience to the classroom. Theater faculty includes John Manzelli, MFA, an award-winning actor of stage and screen and critically acclaimed director; Peggy Hammond, MFA, an experienced costume designer/educator; Laura Prim, MFA, who has designed sets and lights for theatres across the United State and internationally; and Susan McCain, MFA, a SAG actor who was mentored by Lee Strasburg.
countless opportunities to participate in local school and community
productions as actors, set designers, crew, and stage managers. Graduates
continue to careers in film, television, tech theatre, and attend illustrious
conservatories and colleges.
Universities/Conservatories Accepted Into:
NYU-Tisch, CalArts, University of Southern California, North Carolina School for the Arts, Uta Hagen Institute, New York Film Academy, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Notable Theatre Alumni:
Ajiona Alexis: Film & television actress, Thirteen Reasons Why, Breaking In, Empire, Acrimony
Suzanne Collins: Author of The Hunger Games
Ryan Jamaal Swain: Film & Television actor, Pose, Conframa, Forbes 30 under 30
Chuck Yates: Award-winning artistic director and producer, theatre founder, screenwriter
Aron Altmark: Lighting and production design Top 30 under 30 business owner and creative director of Visual Endeavors
Erica Oyama: Emmy-nominated
producer and screenwriter