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University Theater Program

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.
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
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Act, dance, direct, design, and study theater with our award-winning 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.

The University Theater Program offers both a major and a minor in theater. MORE ABOUT MAJOR AND MINOR

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Upcoming Events

Theater Audition - KISS by Guillermo Calderon

directed by Adrian Giurgea
September 2 and 3 LEARN MORE

Beyond Presence: Acting For The Camera

 A workshop with Randi Glass and Kristin Tanzer co-directors of ONE TAKE Consulting September 26 LEARN MORE

Steen Haakon Hansen Christian A. Johnson Artist-in-Residence

Workshops and Masterclasses October 21-23

SoGoNo Dance Company perform Bird Suite

A dance theater piece that explores bird-nature and bird-like personalities in female sexual personae.
October 23 and 24 LEARN MORE
Bird Suite

Scenic Designer and Co-Artistic director of the theater collective The Assembly, Nick Berancerraf

A talk on contemporary theater praxis, practice, aesthetics and Beckett's Waiting for Godot November 18. Benacerraf, a visual artist, organizer, and creative thinker, who activates social structures from each of those perspectives. His practice travels freely between the gallery and the theater, and often into the classroom and the streets. He is co-artistic director of The Assembly, a Brooklyn-based performance collective that develops design, text and action side-by-side, in search of a visceral and intelligent performance for a new generation, prompting the New York Times to name the group “a cutting-edge young theater collective.”
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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

A note to first-year students

A gauntlet for us all.  In the theater, and perhaps not just in the theater, everybody wants to know “the secret.”  (The secret of finding the way inside another person or reality, the alchemic secret of total and uncompromising transformation.)  When it is not called a secret, the pursuit of the elusive truth has many other names: system, program, practice, project, schema, technique, formula, or method.  But if there is a secret, then the secret simply is that there are no secrets.  When attempting to make theater, both the beginner and the experienced find themselves on the threshold of something so extraordinarily new that it could be described only imperfectly, through metaphors, similes, and approximations.  It is as if exploring a new planet, certainly inhabited by people like us but yet unknown, unseen, and unheard. Will we ever meet them?  Will we ever chart these mist-covered lands?

In the fall of 2015, we’ll descend together on an unnamed planet with all the alarm, consternation, apprehension, and emotion we always feel when we begin the adventure of our lives.  It will certainly feel like a gauntlet to us all.  We’ll meet clowns from Denmark and playwrights from Chile, we’ll reunite with recently graduated colleagues who are already making their mark in the world, we’ll dance and sing. Because true theater is always an astonishing adventure in its ambition and humanity, we might, if we are lucky, transform ourselves into better versions of what we are.
-Adrian Giurgea

Program Contacts

DirectorAdrian Giurgea
Administrative assistantMaxine Campbell
Office: Dana Arts Center
Phone: 315-228-7639
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7002