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Department of Theater

Theater Faculty
Compelling instruction and professional performance and direction. Meet our theater faculty.
Tour the Theater
Brehmer is a proscenium theater with a capacity of 336. Tour the theater with this 360-degree panorama! SEE NOW
Tanya Calamoneri Leads Dance
Colgate's theater program now offers a full slate of dance courses. READ MORE
Histoire de nègre
Laine Barrand, Nicole Jackson, Matthew Kavanagh, and Linh Le served on a panel and shared their experiences of performing the staged reading of Histoire de nègre.
Photos: Company SoGoNo, Bird Suite
Images from the performance of Bird Suite, conceived and directed by Colgate professor Tanya Calamoneri. LEARN MORE
Academic Program in Theater
Our course offerings will challenge your knowledge and assumptions and engage your desire to learn.  READ MORE
Student Theater
You have many curricular and extracurricular opportunities to get involved with theater on campus.  READ MORE
Latest News
There is plenty going on in the Colgate theater community. LEARN MORE
Act, dance, direct, design, and study theater with our extraordinary faculty.

Our Mission

When we “get into the skin” of another human being (in life or in theater), we learn something both about the other person and about ourselves.

In Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, when Perdita puts on a costume for a festival, she says: “Sure, this robe of mine / Does change my disposition.” Playing a role transforms her, even after the festival is over. By studying and making theater, Colgate students act out a variety of perspectives on the world in order to better understand it.

Theater sharpens logic and intuition, and personalizes knowledge through the practice of patience and empathy. By teaching students to act, direct, design, and write for the theater, our courses develop skills in leadership and collaboration that apply to any field of endeavor. Theater students learn to problem solve and self-start through immersion in the challenging, unpredictable, and exhilarating reversals of the creative process.

MORE ABOUT MAJOR AND MINORThe theater department offers both a major and a minor in theater.

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Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in theater are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors. READ MORE

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Department Contacts

ChairAdrian Giurgea
Administrative assistant: Jacqueline Old Coyote-Logan (
Office: Dana Arts Center
Phone: 315-228-7639
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7002