Theatre Arts Special Opportunities

Hartwick theatre students

The Theatre Arts department produces a J Term musical, in collaboration with the music department, 10-15 student and two faculty directed productions annually.  For show information or to reserve tickets call 607-431-4227 or email

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Cardboard Alley Players (CAP)

The Cardboard Alley Players is a drama club.

Learn more about CAP 

Alpha Psi Omega (APO)

Alpha Psi Omega is a national theatre honors society.

Learn more about APO

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF)

Each January students have the opportunity to present their work at the regional theater portion of national KCACTF. The conference brings together college students from all over the Northeast to present theatre work and receive outside assessment from KCACTF respondents, who are professionals in their field. Students also have the opportunity to attend workshops led by theatre professionals while they attend the conference.

Past Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Winners: 

  • Chase O’Neill ‘16 for I Wanna Be Famous: National Semi-Finalist / Region 1 Playwriting Winner
  • Nathan Skethway ’16 for poster design
  • Danielle Weaver ’15 for The Caucasian Chalk Circle: National Finalist / Region 1 Design Winner
  • Kelly Fayton ‘13 for The Tempest: National Finalist / Region 1 Design Winner

Student Showcase

Each May students can present any work that they have worked on in the past year. More than 200 Hartwick students showcase their work in presentations, sessions, and displays throughout the day. Scholarship winners (Freedman, Emerson, and Duffy) are highlighted during the Showcase, and other awards announced during Honors Convocation are also highlighted.

Recent theatre arts student Showcase presentations and performances include:

  • Extra! Extra! : Playwriting as a Lens into the Stories behind Today’s Headlines
  • Choreography and learning the musical FAME
  • Wiley and the Hairy Man: Directing a Play for Young Audiences
  • Costume Design for a touring production of Wiley and the Hairy Man

Student Showcase

The Freedman Prize

The Freedman Prize, established by Allen and Judy Freedman in 2002, recognizes superior student-faculty collaborative work that prepares for the senior project required of all Hartwick students. Because this work can begin as early as the student’s first year on campus, the competition is open to students in all four classes. The prizes also are open to all majors.

Recent theatre arts recipients include:

  • Tonie Cross ’17: Voice Work for The Last Five Years ; Johanna Arnold
  • Tashiem Jordan ’17: Attica Prison Riot; Marc Shaw
  • Brianna MacMahon ’17: Development and reading of a television pilot; Marc Shaw
  • Taylor Morin ’17: Poems to Rat: A Staged Reading; Edythe Quinn and Marc Shaw
  • Brittany Sloan ’17:  Dramaturgy for Twelfth Night; Lisa Darien and Marc Shaw
  • Sarah Sperling ’17: Notes: A Film by Sarah Sperling; Jake Wolff and Malissa Kano-White
  • Alyssa Ralph ’17: Costume Design for Wiley and the Hairy Man; Gary Burlew

The Freedman Prize

Theatre Facilities

The Lab Theatre is the ‘home away from home’ to the theatre major/minor. It is a black box theatre that can be arranged in a variety of different ways. The Lab seats anywhere from 50-80 people for shows. Senior projects, one-acts, and theatrical courses are most often held within this area.

This facility enables students to have a faculty member, a technical director, and an academic intern within arm’s reach. The Lab has adequate storage for props and costumes, as well as a large scene shop and tool room. You will often find students working on costumes upstairs in the costume shop, building sets/props in the shop, or just hanging out and talking about theatre in the greenroom.

Slade Theatre is the other ‘home away from home’ to the theatre major/minor. This is where all main stage plays, the annual January Term Musical, and the Orchesis Dance Shows are performed. Slade Theatre seats about 300 people and is centrally located on campus next to the library. Slade also has two large make-up rooms downstairs, a cat walk, a large tech booth for lighting and sound, and a small box office. Check out the display in the theatre lobby of posters from our past productions!

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