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.



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


KINDERTRANSPORT, a play by Diane Samuels

Oct. 5-7 at 8 p.m., Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.
Lab Theatre: Dowd Fine Arts Center
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Faculty Recital: Marina Gorelaya, piano

Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.
Performance Studio, Dowd Fine Arts Center
Free Admission

College Singers in Concert

Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.
Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Free Admission

LITTLE WOMEN, a musical based on the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott

Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9 at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 at 2 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Theater
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College/Community Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
Brown Auditorium, Old Main
Free Admission


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