Performing Arts Department

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.


Musical ‘Legally Blonde’ Opens April 10

The stage hit is based on the Warner Bros. film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Casting Complete for ‘Legally Blonde, The Musical’

The hit Broadway production takes the Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre stage April 10.

College to Stage ‘The Glass Menagerie’

The Tennessee Williams classic opens Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Lab Theatre.

Spring 2015 Performing Arts Schedule Set

The lineup features a musical, a play, recitals, concerts and dance demos.

‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ Returns to Dowd Theater

More than 300 dancers perform “The Nutcracker Ballet” at SUNY Cortland Dec. 6 and 7.


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