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Major in Theatre

Our Theatre Major Allows You To:

  • Prepare for a wide variety of careers including performance and various technical positions such as in set or lighting design. Newer professions include voice-over artist, audio-book narrator, and drama therapist.
  • Improve your ability to think and act quickly, cooperate with others, and take on responsibility. Such skills are assets in every profession, not just those affiliated with theatre.
  • Pursue minors in other programs and double majors (secondary education is very popular) with our B.A. program.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre

Plattsburgh’s theatre major, like others within the School of Arts and Sciences, is a broad-based liberal arts major, designed to stimulate breadth of education and exploration but with a focus on the theatrical arts.

All students will receive a basic grounding in acting, stagecraft, theatre history and dramatic literature with opportunities to concentrate on one or another of these through electives. Courses such as Scene Study, Movement Study, Plays in Rehearsal and Playwriting emphasize creative expression. The critical analysis and historical perspectives of theatre are explored in Theatre History, Musical Theatre and The Performer and the Spectator. Skills in production and design are developed in courses including Stagecraft, Production Design, and Masks and Makeup. The major program culminates in the Senior Project. Recent projects have included original playscripts, direction, vocal recitals, lighting plots and scholarly essays.

Benefits of a B.A. in Theatre

Nearly all theatre majors are regularly involved in productions, either performing in them or in various backstage capacities. Most try their hand at a range of the positions theatrical production requires. Credit is given both for performance and for backstage work.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the theatre program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

W. Kim Hartshorn, Chairperson
Office: Myers Fine Arts 124B
Phone: (518) 564-2478