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.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 2nd a Showcase of our Musical Theatre Senior Class will be performing in the DOWD Fine Arts Theatre at 7:00pm as part of the Fall Family Weekend.  Admission is free and open to all.  Doors will open at 6:45. Come watch the Broadway Stars of Tomorrow perform scenes and songs from Broadway and contemporary music.

HAIR Let the Sun Shine IN!!!!!! Get out your beads, tye-dye and headbands The Department of Performing Arts will take us all on a Trip back to 1968 with the ground breaking Rock musical HAIR, live on stage.  The "tribe" is gathered and rehearsals are well under way for what is shaping up to be a very groovy experience.  Opening night is October 30th, and the show runs Oct 30, 31,Nov 1,6,7,8. ***** OCT 31 is a Special Halloween matinee! Come in a 60's costume and get a special treat. Tickets go on Sale Oct 5 @ Or will be available at the Box Office on show days.


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