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F.A.S.T: Friday Afternoon Student Theatre

F.A.S.T. is an experimental venue that explores the “process” through which theatre is created.

The program is part of the Department’s initiative to foster a performance culture at Montclair State that embraces multiple modes of creativity. Students write original work, explore innovative performance techniques, and experiment with new dramatic material. The possibilities for theatrical expression are almost limitless.

Homeward LA, directed by Erin Gaydos (2019).
Homeward LA, directed by Erin Gaydos (2019).

What Do We Do?
Students are encouraged to create original work, plays, musicals, and present scenes, one act plays and full length published works. All productions have minimal to no technical support with the emphasis being on the text, training the actors and providing the opportunity to experience a garage theatre style environment.

How Does it Work?

The F.A.S.T creative team will accept student proposals for the upcoming semester. Students will submit a project to be reviewed and considered by Artistic Directors. If approved, all directors will attend F.A.S.T’s general auditions to cast their show. The director is responsible for their rehearsal schedule up until opening in a Life Hall studio space with the support of the F.A.S.T team!

F.A.S.T is an opportunity for student actors, directors, playwrights, and designers to develop and hone their artistic voice for self-expression.

Seminar, directed by Christian Confalone and Bryan Rodriguez (2019).
Seminar, directed by Christian Confalone and Bryan Rodriguez (2019).

Who Do I Contact?

Faculty Advisor

Professor Michael Allen


Artistic Director

Erin Gaydos


Artistic Director

Melody Appel



Christian Confalone



F.A.S.T. is advised by Professor Michael Allen, curated by student Artistic Directors Erin Gaydos and Melody Appel, and supported by student Technician Christian Confalone.

Students who have ideas about projects for F.A.S.T. should submit a proposal to Melody Appel and Erin Gaydos.

Learn more about Theatre Studies at Montclair