Where is the Theatre Department located?
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?
B.A. in Theatre - for students interested in studying theatre
as part of a general liberal arts education.
B.S. in Theatre - for students wishing
to specialize in a concentrated program of theatre study.
minor programs in Theater 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
What are the Theatre Facilities?
We have two beautiful theaters for use by
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.