Spring 2021 Guide and COVID-19 information

Performing Arts Department


With a BFA in musical 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.

We have three online open houses scheduled for March and April. During the open house there will be an overview of the program and a Q&A session in which you’ll be able to ask faculty, students, and alumni any question you may have. Please email deena.conley@cortland.edu if you’re planning on attending one of these sessions.  Below are the dates and Webex addresses needed to join us.

March 5th at 5pm:  SUNY Cortland Musical Theatre Information Session
March 26th at 5pm:  SUNY Cortland Musical Theatre Information Session
April 9th at 5pm:  SUNY Cortland Musical Theatre Information Session


"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

OnStageBlog.com 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.


Black Lives and Liberation Forum Series

Sept. 17th, 2020 at 4pm