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.


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.

"Spelling Bee" offers L-A-U-G-H-S

Presentation of crowd -pleasing musical about competitive spelling is "not like any other show that you've seen."

"The Children's Hour" Explores Timeless Themes

Lillian Hellman's play was controversial upon its debut on Broadway in 1934.

"Dangerous Liaisons" Tells Timeless Tale of Sex, Love and Power

Intended for mature audiences, the play tackles salacious subject matter in a thoughtful and appealing fashion.

"Annie Get Your Gun" to Celebrate College's Landmark Anniversary.

Irving Berlin musical set at the same time of the college's founding will coincide with birthday celebrations.

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 performances.

Spring Musical Mirrors Career Paths for Graduating Seniors

Senior musical theatre majors will walk at Commencement and then head out into the working world. So it's fitting that their final performance will be in the workplace musical comedy "9 to 5."

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

First Year Musical Theatre Student Cabaret

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

Faculty Piano Recital

Marina Gorelaya, piano

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

College Community Orchestra

Fall Concert

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

College Singers

Fall Concert

December 6, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Free Admission

The Choral Union

Fall Concert: Christmas Sacred and Secular

December 5, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Rose Hall at 19 Church Street
Free Admission

Dance Demo 2019

May 8, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre
Free Admission

Commencement Eve Senior Showcase

May 15, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Dowd Fine Arts Center Performance Studio
Free Admission