Department of Theater

Major or minor in theater at Colgate

Two student performers lay down on stage during a main stage production of Romeo and Juliet and Zombies.


Students in the Department of Theater learn by doing in the intellectually and physically rigorous environment of studio courses, rehearsals, and public performances. Majoring or minoring in theater fosters students’ ability to read closely, think critically, and communicate clearly. Students of theater are trained to integrate analytical, physical, emotional, and interpersonal intelligence in a way that few other courses of study demand. By making and studying theater at a liberal arts university, Colgate students act out a variety of perspectives on the world, learning to problem solve and self-start through immersion in the challenges of the creative process. Graduates regularly pursue successful careers not only in theater but also in communications, media, business, law, and technology.


Two students perform a conversation over coffee on stage.

Our Mission

The Department of Theater aspires to transform students through immersion in the challenging, unpredictable, and exhilarating reversals of the creative process. As a close-knit, collaborative group of artists and scholars, the department ignites collaborative engagement, informed observation, and rigorous experimentation. This is infused with a far-reaching sense of wonder, curiosity, and play. The department serves Colgate and the surrounding community by creating theater and dance performances that awaken feeling, interrogate assumptions, and sharpen our perception of a complex world.

Academic Program & Course Offerings


The Department of Theater produces up to four theater and dance main stage productions each year. All students are welcomed to audition, regardless of concentration or experience. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and participation in a department main stage production carries a half credit.

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Department Contacts

Chair: April Sweeney
Administrative Assistant: Denise Crandall
Office: Dana Arts Center
Phone: 315-228-7639