This year, Fordham’s performing arts programs have taken center stage.
Over the past few weeks, several nationwide rankings have been released online, including lists from OnStage Blog, a theater website, and Playbill. Fordham found its name among the top programs for 2018-2019.
Fordham Theatre is listed as No. 1 on OnStage’s list of Top 25 B.A. Theatre Programs, beating competitors like Vassar College and Brown University. OnStage considered various facets of Fordham’s program: the facilities, faculty, cost/scholarship opportunities, selectivity, curriculum, and performance opportunities.
“The program features tracks in not only performance and design/technology but also playwriting and directing,” the blog wrote. “With four mainstage shows and up to 20 studio shows each year, students are continually learning by doing.”
OnStage also ranked the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance program as the No. 2 dance program in the country, second only to NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
“This mecca for dance is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan,” the blog wrote about the Ailey School. “It houses 16 climate-controlled studios equipped with sprung floors, pianos, sound systems, state-of-the-art acoustics, the 275-seat Ailey Citigroup Theater, physical therapy facilities, the Ailey Boutique, a library, and student and faculty lounges. It is [the] largest building for dance education in the dance capital of New York City.”
The program not only has state-of-the-art facilities, it also allows students to study full time at both the Ailey School and Fordham. At the Ailey School, they are trained in classical ballet, jazz, and West African Dance; at Fordham, they are educated in the liberal arts.
Lastly, Fordham tied for 10th place in the most represented colleges on Broadway in Playbill magazine. There are currently 12 alumni on Broadway who star in shows like Anastasia, The Lion King, and Wicked.