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Monday, October 20, 2014
Molloy launches new theater program
Teams with N.Y.’s CAP21 conservatory to create fine arts degree
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Molloy College

Molloy College recently announced that it would partner with CAP21, the musical theater conservatory and Off-Broadway theater company in New York City, to offer a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts. Beginning this fall, the program will combine Molloy’s academics with CAP21’s 20 years of experience in training musical theater actors.

BFA students will take a wide range of performing arts classes that will include acting, voice (both ensemble and individual) and dance. Freshmen will spend three days a week taking academic classes at Molloy, and two days a week taking classes at CAP21’s Manhattan facility on 18th Street. In their sophomore, junior and senior years, fine-arts students will take two days of classes at Molloy and three at CAP21.

“This innovative partnership will serve as a model for theatre education in the 21st century,” Molloy’s president, Dr. Drew Bogner, said in a release. “Students enrolling in this major will enjoy the benefits of Molloy’s strong academic offerings and its suburban campus. Molloy is located in close proximity to CAP21’s home in New York City, enabling students to receive the best in training from an internationally recognized musical theatre conservatory.”

CAP21 alumni include Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Matthew Morrison and Tony Award-winner Nikki James, among others.

Students in the new program will have many opportunities to perform, beginning in their sophomore year, in Manhattan as well as at the Madison Theatre on the Molloy Campus. In the final semester of the program, they will be able to participate in industry showcases in Manhattan to help them secure representation as they try to launch their careers.

“This new partnership enables the CAP21 Conservatory and Theatre Company and Molloy College to expand programming and share institutional infrastructure and facilities to deliver and develop new curriculum and productions,” Frank Ventura, CAP21’s executive artistic director, said in a release. “This combination of resources opens the doors to a new system of collaborations in the training of theatre artists and the development of new theatrical works.”

Those who are interested in applying must first be accepted by Molloy, and then audition for the BFA program. For more information, contact Molloy Admissions at (516) 323-4000 or admissions@molloy.edu, or contact CAP21 at (212) 807-0202 ext. 21 or AdmissionsInfo@cap21.org.

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