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Start Your Performing Arts Education at Sussex

7/24/2022 9:05:25 AM

The sky’s the limit at Sussex County Community College, including students enrolling in the Theater Arts and Musical Theater programs.

Whether focusing on musical theater, theater arts, or even technical theater, students receive robust foundational coursework, performance opportunities, and hands-on experiences, learning from professionals in the industry. Sussex boasts a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center with a black box theater for students to use in their program.

Students taking the musical theater track can take classes in Introduction of Music Theory, Voice, Introduction to Aural Comprehension, Dance, Music Appreciation, and Theater History, among other general education courses. Meanwhile, the Theater Arts track focuses on Acting, Make-up, Performance and Production, Theater Workshop, Theater History, and other required general education courses. Students can also specialize in classes focusing on Lighting and Sound.  

There are many benefits for students to start their educational journey at Sussex, and one includes the transfer opportunities. Students who graduate with an Associate in Arts degree can complete their theatrical studies at Centenary University, a leading private college with an exceptional performing arts program.

Sussex professors also teach at Centenary, giving students a seamless learning experience with the same professor throughout their college experience.  

Christopher Flatt, a Performing Arts student at Sussex, plans to continue pursuing acting and musical theater at Centenary University. Flatt has performed in several productions at Sussex, including playing the lead in an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell. 

The professors in the musical theater and theater arts programs at Sussex County Community College are committed to the success of each student.

“At Sussex, we provide a framework for students interested in working in the industry as they engage in experiential learning,” remarked Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi, an adjunct professor from the musical theater department. “It is rewarding to witness our students reach for the stars!”

To learn more about the Theater Arts and Musical Theater programs at Sussex County Community College,
visit sussex.edu/academics. To apply for the fall semester, visit sussex.edu/apply.