Department Information

Jerome O'Callaghan (Interim Chair)
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 216
Phone: 607-753-2811
Fax: 607-753-5728

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With a major in musical theatre and minors in music and theatre, our Performing Arts Department provides a foundation in music, theatre, dance and technical theatre, resulting in thorough professional training for a career in this exciting field.

You’ll work with the finest teachers of voice, acting, dance, theatre history, music history and theory, and gain a liberal arts education at the same time.

In addition, you’ll have opportunities to perform in main-stage musicals,  classic and contemporary plays,student-directed one-act plays , workshops and readings of new musicals, and choral and instrumental ensembles. A 477-seat theatre, a recital hall, a lab theatre, a dance studio and practice and rehearsal rooms will support your study.

Whether you pursue a career as a performer, work behind the scenes or become a teacher, your experience at SUNY Cortland will serve you in a variety of career options.



Wednesday,March 11 students from the Performing Arts Department present songs and arias  at 4:00pm in Dowd 110


OMG you guys!!!! The cast for the Department of Performing Arts  production of LEGALLY BLONDE the Musical, has been set and everyone is excited to bring this high energy, fun -filled musical to the Dowd stage.  Rehearsals start on February 27  and the curtain goes up on April 10.  Performances are at 8pm April 10,11, 17,18 and at 2pm on April 12 and 19.  Get out your pink and join us for a night full of great music, spectacular dancing and non stop laughter.

BLONDE at Marathon Maplefest

Come see some of the cast of Legally Blonde perform at the Annual Maplefest in Marathon NY. Saturday March 21 at 12noon on the Mainstage in the Marathon High School, Admission free. Come get a preview of this high energy,fun musical joyride.