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 386-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.


"Lysistrata" opens 2019-20 Performing Arts Season

A contemporary look at the classic Greek Comedy

Performing Arts 2019-20 Season Announced

This years productions offer a  fresh take on classic works.

BFA Degree will be available Fall 2020

SUNY Cortland will offer Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre Students Showcase Skills in New York

Graduating Seniors and recent alumni perform for casting directors and agents in NYC

SUNY Cortland's Musical Theatre Major Named a Hidden Gem recently named SUNY Cortland as one of “The 5 Most Underrated Theatre Colleges” for the Northeast, lauding the College for its contemporary training standards, facilities and past performance

Broadway Performer’s Visit Inspires SUNY Cortland’s Aspiring Actors

Jonalyn Saxer, who has performed in "Cats" and "Holiday Inn" on Broadway and will be part of the cast of "Mean Girls" later this year, shared her experience and took plenty of questions on Friday, Feb. 2.


New Voices Cabaret: Volume II

First Year Musical Theatre Student Cabaret

Sept. 1, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre
Free Admission

Piano Recital in Memory of Donna Anderson

Marina Gorelaya with Faculty and Student Performers

Oct. 10, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Performance Studio
Free Admission

College Community Orchestra

Fall Concert: Dreams and Nightmares

Dec. 3, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Brown Auditorium, Old Main
Free Admission

The Choral Union

Fall Concert: Christmas Sacred and Secular

Dec. 5, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Rose Hall at 19 Church Street
Free Admission

College Singers

Fall Concert: Thoughts & Prayers: Toward the Light

Dec. 6, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Free Admission

Dance Demo 2020

May 8, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre
Free Admission

Commencement Eve Senior Showcase

May 15, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Performance Studio
Free Admission