The Department of Theater at Colgate University educates students in the interdisciplinary, artistic practice of theater through courses in acting, directing, stagecraft, and design, as well as elective courses in playwriting and dance. In addition, majors study theater as a social and cultural institution through a minimum of two courses in theater history and dramatic literature.
Theater students at Colgate learn by doing in the intellectually and physically rigorous environment of studio courses, rehearsals, and public performances. The theater curriculum transcends the artificial split of mind - body, encouraging students to develop skills in both logic and intuition that apply to any field of endeavor. A major or minor in theater fosters students’ ability to read closely, think critically, and communicate clearly – not only through speech and writing, but also through embodied presence. Students of theater are trained to integrate analytical, physical, emotional, and interpersonal intelligence in a way that few other courses of study demand.
All students regardless of their majors may participate in University Theater and Dance productions, concerts and workshops. Stop by our office on the 2nd Floor of the Dana Arts Building for more information on auditions, classes and visiting artists.