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Our graduates have mastered fundamental vocabulary and skills from all of the crafts of theatre, and thoroughly understand how these aspects work together to create rich, complex and unified works of art.

The cross-training provided by our Theatre Program fosters understanding of and respect for all of the artists involved in creating a live stage performance. We feel that our approach produces well-rounded theatre practitioners who will be effective at any level of production, from high school to Broadway and beyond. 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.

We value collaboration and high academic goals in the learning and teaching of theatre, while preparing students for the realities of a competitive profession.

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.

2014-2015 Theatre Season
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Design for Living
by Noel Coward
October 3rd-4th and 6th-8th@ 8pm
Sunday, October 5th@ 2pm

Free with student ID,
$5 general admission
Hamblin Theater
Directed by Carmela Marner

Auditions: August 26th-27th
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Life is a Dream
By Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Saturday, Nov. 15th@2pm

Free with student ID,
$5 general admission
Goodrich Theater
Directed by Dr. John McCaslin-Doyle

Auditions: August 26th-27th
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Naga Mandala
By Girish Karnad
February 27th-28th and March 2-5@8pm
Sunday March 1st@2pm

Free with student ID
$5 general admission
Hamblin Theater
Directed by Andrew Kahl

Auditions: Nov. 18th-19th
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music & Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss
April 22-24 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 25 @ 2pm

Directed by Dr. John McCaslin-Doyle
Free with student ID,
$10 General Admission

Auditions: Nov. 18th-19th
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Student Directed Productions 2014-2015 Session

9 Circles
By Bill Cain
Oct. 30th -Nov. 1st@8pm
Sunday, Nov. 2nd@2pm

Directed by Dominick Gaudioso


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The House of Bernarda Alba
By Federico Garcia Lorca
March 26-29, 2015
Directed by Chris Mackin

Auditions: TBA
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Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming theatre and dance events, play readings and the 2015-2016 Season!

NEW! Listen to a Theatre Department Audio Documentary, created by Chris Postian (Theatre and Mass Communications Graduate, 2013)

The Theatre Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, or a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre. We also offer Minors in Theatre and Dance that pair easily with other degree programs available on the SUNY Oneonta campus.

Majors combine academic courses with practical experience, using state-of-the-art facilities, current theatre pedagogy and cutting-edge technology. The Theatre Department manages two excellent theatre spaces,The Goodrich Theater, a 487 seat proscenium space, and the Hamblin Theatre, a flexible black box facility.

Both theatres are housed in the Fine Arts Building and the theatre plant includes well-equipped scenery and costume shops, dressing room facilities; as well as teaching, office, and studio spaces.

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, Goodrich Theater, 2011.

Mary Zimmerman's Arabian Nights, Goodrich Theater, 2010.

Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw, Goodrich Theater, 2009.

Big Love by Charles Mee, Hamblin Theater, 2011.

Goodrich Theater, house and booth.

Richard III by William Shakespeare, Hamblin Theater, 2010.

Goodrich Theater with Ion lightboard.

Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman, Goodrich Theater, 2010.

John Bagby, Associate Professor.

Bat Boy: The Musical Revival Meeting, Goodrich Theater, 2010.

Misalliance, Goodrich Theater, 2009.

Richard III, Hamblin Theater, 2010.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, final tableau, Goodrich Theater, 2008.

Proof by David Auburn, Hamblin Theater, 2009.

Theatre Faculty.

Set for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Goodrich Theater, 2008.

Identity Play Reading Series presentation of Raisins Not Virgins by Sharbari Ahmed.

The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman, Hamblin Theater, 2006.

She Loves Me, Goodrich Theater, 2007.

Into the Woods, Goodrich Theater, 2008.

The Braggart Soldier by Plautus, Hamblin Theater, 2008.

Hamblin Theatre, flexible black box space.

Scotland Road by Jeffrey Hatcher, Goodrich Theater 2009.

Technical Director, Scott Segar.

Thebans by Liz Lochead, Hamblin Theatre, 2005.

Urinetown, Goodrich Theatre, 2006.

Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott, Hamblin Theatre, 2006.

The Lesson by Luigi Pirandello, Hamblin Theatre, 2005.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Goodrich Theater, 2006.

Alanna making props.

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