Department of Theatre

Our blend of classroom and experiential learning provides an ideal foundation for continued study in the discipline and arms our graduates with the confidence and experience to pursue a wide range of careers and academic pathways.

Our students gain authentic practice in many aspects of theatre, including: acting, directing, dramaturgy and text analysis, stage management; scenic, costume, make-up, sound and lighting design; construction and fabrication of sets, props & costumes, wigs, make-up & prosthetics; wardrobe and running crew experience; as well as independent study, teaching assistantships, and internship opportunities with professional theatres and arts organizations.


Where is the Theatre Department located?

The faculty offices, classrooms, and performance spaces are located in the Fine Arts Center. The main offices and the department secretary are housed in Fine Arts 106. All Theatre and Dance faculty maintain mailboxes in that location.

What degrees are offered through the department?

The Theatre Department offers a B.A. in Theatre, a B.S. in Theatre, and minor programs in Theatre and Dance.

Do majors need to audition to get into the program?

No. Any student accepted into the college or currently enrolled may choose to declare as a theatre major, or pursue a minor in theatre or dance.

Can non-majors audition for shows in the department?

Yes. Theatre productions are open to students enrolled in any program of study. While faculty ensure that declared majors receive consistent opportunities for performance and involvement in productions, any student may audition and participate. Theatre department productions typically include a cross-section of students pursuing a variety of majors.

Who are the Theatre and Dance Faculty?

The Theatre Department consists of four full-time teaching faculty, three full-time non-teaching staff, and a small group of adjunct faculty. The dance department courses are taught by five adjunct faculty members. All of the full-time teaching faculty have earned the highest possible degrees in their teaching specialties. Many of the faculty also maintain professional theatre affiliations and credentials, continuing to work as designers, production staff, actors, directors, voice coaches and consultants in academic and professional theatre organizations. Our faculty prides itself on quality teaching and values collaboration with our students and among ourselves.

What are the Theatre Facilities?

We have two beautiful theaters for use by our department—The Goodrich Theatre, a fully equipped proscenium house which seats 487 and the Hamblin Theatre, a flexible black box space, seating approximately 200. We also have fully equipped scene and costume shops, teaching and studio spaces and dedicated dressing room, box office, and storage areas in the theatre complex. All these facilities and the offices of theatre faculty are located in the Fine Arts Building on the Oneonta campus.

Are there Student Organizations associated with Theatre and Dance at Oneonta?

Mask & Hammer, the student association theater club, works closely with the theater and dance faculty to support and promote theatre productions and events. The club is an active and dynamic campus organization, promoting opportunities for students of all majors to become involved in theater activities and sponsoring a variety of social and artistic events throughout the academic year.

Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ) is the American National Theater Honors Fraternity. Membership is open to those who are active in the college theatre. Students must participate in a certain number of shows and receive points to be considered for membership.

The Terpsichorean Dance Club produces a student dance show every semester to showcase the work of student choreographers and dancers. In addition the Apollo Music Club regularly presents musical theatre and opera performances.

Does the Department help with Internships?

Students are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities and can receive academic credit and/or valuable experience in the professional theatre. Theatre faculty provide assistance and support for students wishing to arrange and apply for internship opportunities. Internships with professional theatre and production companies can provide a preview of experiences that lie beyond graduation or a beginning foothold for graduates beginning careers in the field.

How do Teaching Assistantships work?

Students can work closely with a faculty member in the teaching and management of a faculty member’s course. If a student has successfully completed the course and fits the college criteria to serve as a teaching assistant, he or she can receive one to three credits and gain valuable teaching experience.

Department of Theatre | 106 Fine Arts Center | Tel: 607.436.3456 | Fax: 607.436.3466