Florida International University

Theatre.fiu.edu

11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199

Mr. Christopher Goslin, cgoslin@fiu.edu

Description

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.

Degree/s Offered

Bachelor of Arts – Theatre
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Performance
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Design

History

In 1965, Florida Senator Robert M. Haverfield introduced Senate Bill 711, which instructed the state Board of Education and the Board of Regents (BOR) to begin planning for the development of a state university in Miami.

An abandoned airfield is an unusual place for the birth of a university. But in the summer of 1969, founding FIU president Chuck Perry gathered three leaders who would help him create his vision.

Butler Waugh, Donald McDowell and Nick Sileo joined the 31-year-old Perry at Tamiami Airport and set up shop in the former air traffic controllers’ tower. The tower had no phones, no drinkable water and no furniture. President Perry decided that the control tower should never be destroyed and so it remains standing today at the center of campus, as FIU’s Ivory Tower.

From that single building on that abandoned airfield, FIU has grown to be one of the largest universities in the country. The spirit of entrepreneurship born on that summer day thrives at today’s FIU.

Scholarships/ Assistantships Offered

Wertheim Performing Arts Scholarship:
Established by Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim to award scholarships to performing arts students in Theatre at FIU.

FIU Institutional Scholarships:
Awarded by FIU to Theatre performing arts and production students with good academic standing.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Scholarships:
Scholarships established by RCL for production and performing arts students at FIU Theatre.

Theatre Youth Fair Scholarship:
Established by Dade County Youth Fair to provide scholarships for theatre production students who will assist Youth Fair performances in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

FIU Arts Council Scholarship:
Provides partial scholarships annually for students in theatre, in accordance with the FIU Arts Council.

Tonkinson Scholarships:
Established by Mr. and Mrs. Tonkinson to award performing arts students in Theatre at FIU.

Description of Facilities

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.