Centenary College Theatre Degree

Centenary University is pleased to offer interested students a BA in Theatre Arts. Prospective students in Theatre Arts have a unique opportunity to develop skills in a working professional theatre while pursuing a Liberal Arts education. Along with the required liberal arts core requirements, theatre students partake of classes in acting, dance, voice, musical theatre and stage craft. Of particular interest is the students opportunity to develop these skills in conjunction with the Centenary Stage Company, your professional not-for-profit Equity theatre in residence at Centenary College.

Centenary students are expected to work in professional productions as actors, crew, stage management and front house personnel. We afford students the opportunity to work alongside veterans of stage and screen. This exposure to the practical real world theatre offers students a unique opportunity and perspective for those aspiring to the profession. Interested students may join the EMC (Equity Membership Candidate) program, earning weeks toward their Equity card. It is quite possible for a student to gain enough weeks through stage work to join upon graduation.

Important to Note:

This is the only program in New Jersey offering the EMC Program and one of only a few programs in the United States where you can earn credit toward your union card while pursuing an academic degree.

Second and third year students may choose to study acting in several affiliate studios in New York City. These classes are in addition to the regular courses offered by the university. The programs offered include (by audition only):

  • The William Esper Studio
  • Stella Adler
  • Lee Strasberg Studio

Centenary University Theatre Degree Program

Our proximity to New York City allows for a staff of instructors, artists and designers that are drawn from the ranks of working professionals including:

  • Carl Wallnau CPAG Program Director, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts (MFA Rutgers University)
  • Catherine Rust Associate Artistic Director-CPAG, Director of the Women Playwrights Series (WPS), (BA - University of Minnesota)
  • Michael Blevins Director - Young Performers Workshop (YPW) (BFA - New York University)
  • Lea Antolini-Lid MFA - Brandeis University; Lea teaches at Centenary University in the theatre department as well as with the YPW program
  • Stephen Davis MFA USC

Education at Centenary Stage Company

From its acting and master's classes for adults and young adults to the Young Performer's Workshop, a performance-based, musical theatre program for children aged 8 to 18 that has been lauded by the Star-Ledger as "the most professional kids troupe around", CPAG is committed to providing quality performing arts education to the Skylands region. For more information about the program, which is offered year-round, or other programs at the Centenary Performing Arts Guild, see one of the following Web pages or contact our administrative offices at 908 979-0900 / Online Feedback Form.