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Molloy College opens new Manhattan theatre center


Molloy College recently opened its new Manhattan Center, home for the Molloy/CAP21 theatre arts program. The center features new state-of-the-art studios occupying the entire fourth floor of the historic building at 50 Broadway, in the heart of the vibrant and revitalized downtown Manhattan. The new studios are specifically designed to suit all of the program’s needs for both instruction and performances.  

The Rockville Centre college celebrated the Manhattan facility’s opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception that included Molloy’s students, faculty and staff, as well as board members, CAP21 alumni and other invited guests.

“This beautiful space is what we had always envisioned for our theatre students,” Molloy President Drew Bogner said in a statement. “We also expect that we can use our new Manhattan Center in a variety of other ways, including [for] symposiums and conferences.”

“The Molloy/CAP21 [Bachelor of Fine Arts] in musical theatre is unique in the field of professional training and a win-win for our students,” said Henry Fonte, director of the program and chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. “The urban theatre training in Manhattan — taught by working professionals — and the traditional college experience offered at Molloy’s suburban Long Island campus give our students the best of both worlds.”

Edward J. Thompson, Molloy’s vice president for advancement, served as emcee for the event. Speakers included President Bogner, Fonte, and Ann Branchini, Molloy’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. Following the remarks, theatre students presented two numbers from “On the Town,” which will be performed at Molloy’s Madison Theatre on May 12 and 13.

Molloy College’s first cohort of theatre arts students is set to graduate later this month.