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Welcome to the Theatrical Outreach Program, more fondly known as TOP!

TOP is a completely student run organization and was officially made a club in 2010.

The mission of TOP is to bring classic works of theatre to students of the Bronx community as well as the Fordham community. These classic works are edited and abridged, without losing the essence of the play, in order to make the content and language more accessible to a variety off audiences. After performing for student groups, the cast does a Q & A session with the students as well as workshop activities.

Richard III, Fall 2018

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Spring 2019

In the past we have done the following shows:

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac

Shakespeare's Macbeth

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Sophocles' Antigone

Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Shakespeare's The Tempest

Moliere's Tartuffe

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Aristophanes' The Frogs

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol

Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare's As You Like It

Sophocles's Oedipus Rex

William Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 1

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Thorton Wilder's Our Town

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman

William Shakespeare's Macbeth

12 Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Antigone by Sophocles

William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Rossum's Universal Robots by Karel Čapek

Kindertransport by Diane Samuels

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

The Heiress by Ruth & Augustus Goetz

Richard III by William Shakespeare

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

This Semester, Spring 2020:

Failure: A Love Story by: Phillip Dawkins

A Midsummer Night's Dream by: William Shakespeare 

Portal Information


The Theatrical Outreach Program, or TOP as it has come to be called by students and participants alike, is a community service oriented theater group, based out of Fordham University, that abridges classic works of theater and literature and performs them for schools and community centers in the Bronx, that have under-supported Arts programs. TOP then does reading, acting, directing, and stage workshops with the audience so the viewer now gets to be in the play they've just seen and become a part of the theater experience.

We return to the same venues to perform at least once a semester to build relationships with the organizations and work with the same young adults, not only in their classroom, but bringing them onto ours, to give them a taste of the college experience and provide them with role models to speak to about higher education.

The Theatrical Outreach Program (TOP) is a completely student-run organization. The scripts are abridged by students interested in literature and dramaturgy, directed by students interested in production and theater, acted by students interested in performance, and taught to the audience, after the show, by all of the aforementioned people. Everyone is welcome, whether they have no experience or a two page resume; The outreach of the Theatrical Outreach program extends both off campus and on to those who may never had/will have the chance to perform. Everyone is involved with every aspect of a show's genesis. TOP even raises its own money to fund transportation of the cast around the Bronx, through t-shirt and bake sales, as the group has found little to no outside funding.

Attached below are pictures with brief descriptions from performances at schools. We have performed self-abridged versions of Romeo and Juliet (three times), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Cyrano De Bergerac, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, Antigone, The Crucible, The Tempest, Tartuffe, Julius Caesar, The Frogs, and Much Ado About Nothing, Pygmalion, A Christmas Carol, A Doll's House, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, and many others.



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