Artistically innovative, socially conscious.
The BA major in theatre and performance offers a world-class liberal arts education in the theatre, where students combine scholarship and artistic practice to create original and socially engaged performances.
From global classics to cutting-edge interdisciplinary work, the theatre and performance major encourages creativity, intellectual curiosity, and social engagement through a hybrid “liberal arts within a conservatory” degree program. Learning from award-winning instructors who are professional artists and published scholars, students gain practical experience while enriching their understanding of diverse theatre traditions across eras and cultures.
The core requirements provide students with a strong foundation in theatre history, dramatic literature, and stagecraft, with opportunities to focus on applied theatre, devised theatre, directing, dramaturgy, ensemble creation, performance, playwriting, scholarship, and theatre production. Topical courses offer deep dives into subjects such as Asian American Theatre, Black American Drama, Contemporary US Latinx Theatre, Documentary Theatre, Dramatic Theory, LGBTQ Drama, Satire, Solo Performance, Transmedia, and Women in Performance.
Our robust production calendar offers numerous opportunities to be involved in theatrical performances. Whether working with a professional director on a Mainstage production or creating original performances for their senior projects, theatre and performance students are engaged in making vibrant theatre that emphasizes innovation, collaboration, and social change.
The dramaturg provides perspective on drag performance as the musical Kinky Boots returns to the stage.
The performances were part of the Michael Chekhov Technique: A Psychophysical Approach to Acting class.
In Professor Andrea Thome’s class, Revolutionary Laughter: Satire and Social Dialogue, students created a satirical carnival.
Students immersed in comedy improvisation.
Time: 6:00pmDramaturg, producer, and scholar Morgan Jenness will introduce the audience to the inimitable María Irene Fornés – Irene to her friends – in a lively and informative conversation with Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance Andrea Thome.
This event is the keynote kickoff to FornésFest, Purchase College’s three-week festival of all things Fornés. See the festival website for a complete listing of programs.
Time: 4:00pmby María Irene Fornés
directed by Jack Tamburri
featuring Michi Barall, Leon Addison Brown, & Christopher McCann
dramaturgy by Jordan Schildcrout
Fornés’s popular 1984 tragedy: Mae seeks to escape her life of poverty with Lloyd through education. She befriends Henry, hoping he will teach her. But Mae’s dream of self-improvement proves to be further out of reach than anyone could anticipate.
Faculty from the Acting and Theatre & Performance programs will conduct two public rehearsals and a reading of Mud, October 18-20. Students and other Purchase College community members are welcome to attend any and all of these events.
Rehearsal: Tuesday, October 18, 4-7pm
Rehearsal: Wednesday, October 19, 4-7pm
Reading: Thursday, October 20, 7pm-8pm