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Theatre Arts

What is this major?
We believe that Theatre Arts studies, with its emphasis on analysis, personal development, communication, and broad cultural knowledge, makes a fine focal point for a sound general education. We also believe that effective theatre training must build on a wide and deep educational foundation. We are interested in starting people on the road to becoming theatre artists--people with enough personal vision and experience to say something interesting and the necessary skills to say it through theatre. The theory, history, and literature of the theatre is an important part of our curriculum, but we also recognize that the test of theory is in its application and that theatre skills are best learned by doing theatre. Our classes have a strong practical emphasis, and we maintain a very active production program with faculty and student-directed shows, visiting artists, and off-campus opportunities. In Introduction to Theatre, students working in small groups write and produce short plays. Majors all direct a one-act play in Play Production and a longer play as a Senior Project. These shows, the faculty-directed plays, and club productions add up to between 15 to 20 production opportunities a year. Lots of work from which to learn.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • theatre technician/craftsperson
  • television/film production assistant
  • teacher
  • performer
  • scenic designer
  • lighting designer
  • costume designer
  • sound designer
  • director
  • technical director
  • stage manager
  • production manager
What skills will I improve/gain?
Imagination and creativity, strong communication skills, good work ethic, flexibility, presentation, public speaking skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, adaptability, appreciation of aesthetics, interpretive skills

Who employs graduates from this major?
Newspapers/magazines, theatres, colleges/universities, motion picture studios, radio/television, public relations firms, advertising firms, business and industry, industrial studios, telecommunications organizations

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Over 20 shows per year, including musicals, one-acts, dance productions, and musical theatre
  • Internships with the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, Williamstown Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Long Wharf Theatre, the Joyce Dance Theatre, and the Public Theatre in New York
  • Collaborations with professional playwrights

Visit the Theatre Arts Web page.

Department Chair
Thomas Travisano, 607-431-4907, travisanot@hartwick.edu

Undeclared Contact
Thomas Travisano, 607-431-4907, travisanot@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.