Theatre Arts Department

Hartwick theatre students in costume waiting in the wings backstage

Upcoming Performances - Spring 2024

Directed by Marc Shaw
Dates: April 10-13

Directed by Barbara Kahl
Dates: May 2- 5

Theatre Arts Department Overview

The Department of Theatre Arts believes in fostering theatre makers, not followers, through a well-rounded education that develops skills central to a 21st-century artistic market. While we encourage students to select a primary pathway within the Theatre Major, every student who graduates with a Hartwick theatre degree will earn experience in directing, acting, technical skills, dramaturgy, and more.

The department annually produces 2 faculty directed plays, senior thesis performances, and co-produces The 24 Hour Play Festival.
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Mission Statement: Hartwick’s Department of Theatre Arts engages undergraduate students in the creative, intellectual, and experiential practice of theatre within a liberal arts education. We prepare students to become versatile theatre practitioners equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to pursue careers as independent and collaborative artists capable of pursuing advanced education and/or working in the performing arts and allied professions.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Incoming Students: Email us,, to schedule an Audition Interview

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick’s theatre arts students win regional and national awards, complete internships across the country and are well-prepared for graduate school and employment. Hartwick students have the opportunity to present their work at the regional theater portion of national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Six alumni premiered an original production in ANT Fest. The festival highlights work by indie-theater makers and new talent. It is sponsored by Ars Nova Hub in New York City.


Glimmerglass Festival
Box Office Intern
Lindsey Partelow ’17

Portland Stage
Electrics Intern
Lynda Birt ’16

Graduate School

Circle in the Square Theatre School
Professional Acting Workshop
Brian Cook ’16

NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Musical Theatre Writing
Chase O’Neill ’16


Shakespeare and Company
Props Artisan
Danielle Weaver ’15

Faust- New York Theatre of Actors
Actress- Marguerite
Sarah Walsh ’15

Theatre Arts Requirements

Thinking about being a theatre arts major or minor? Find out what the requirements are!

Review all the requirements in the College Catalog.


The theatre arts faculty are dedicated to student learning and do everything they can to bolster experiential learning. The Theatre Arts Department is proud to offer a wide variety of courses.

Review the current course offerings in the College Catalog.

Special Opportunities

Theatre is such a diverse field that it is no wonder that there are many different activities to get involved in.

Theatre Arts Special Opportunities

Meet Our Faculty

Malissa Kano-White

Professor and Director of Theatre Arts

Marc Shaw

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts & Department Chair

Barbara Kahl

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Gary Burlew

Technical Director

Kathryn Smith

Adjunct Lecturer of Dance

Still Have Questions?

Contact the Theatre Arts Department