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.



  • American Musical Theatre Minor [AMTH]
  • Music Minor [MUS]
  • Theatre Minor [THT]


Crazy For You

The New Gershwin Musical
Feb 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m. Feb 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Theater
Tickets on Sale Jan. 9
Memorable Music, hilarious characters and non-stop dancing. Who could ask for anything more?

Urinetown The Musical

March 31, April 1, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. April 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.
Lab Theater, Dowd Fine Arts Center
Tickets on Sale Feb. 1
Both funny and relevant, Urinetown pokes fun at sustainable water consumption, musical theatre contrivances and just a touch bathroom humor.

College Singers Concert

Tuesday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Theater
Free Admission

College Community Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Theater
Free Admission

Choral Union Concert

Tuesday, May 2, 8 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Theater
Free Admission


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