Theatre Arts Major and Minor

Hartwick College theatre students during performance

Where degrees in theatre arts can take you.

Hartwick theatre production and classroom experiences will serve to demonstrate your potential, help define you as a theatre artist, and open doors to your future. 

Recent theatre arts graduates have gone – many directly and some with additional training – into jobs in producing, technical theatre, stage management, and performance.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Producers and directors
  • Entertainers and performers
  • Set and exhibit designers
  • Writers
  • Choreographers
  • Social Workers
  • Advertising, Promotions & Marketing Managers


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, This means there will be over 16,000 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)

Putting theatre arts to work.

Hartwick theatre students enjoy rewarding careers and go on to graduate study in some of the nation’s top institutions.

Hartwick alumni work with:

  • Showman Fabricators
  • Stella Adler Studio of Acting
  • Playbill
  • TDF Costume Collection
  • Bestek Lighting & Stage
  • Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Caramoor

Hartwick graduates study at:

  • Yale School of Theatre
  • The New School
  • Brooklyn College
  • University of Kansas City, Missouri
  • The University of Minnesota
  • NYU Tish School of the Arts

Beyond the basic.

Each academic year, Hartwick Theatre will enter one or two of productions in the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival. Hartwick theatre students have presented at ACTF Region One festival conferences. January Term off-campus classes are offered in New York City and England. And students are encouraged to pursue the many internship and apprentice opportunities offered by professional theatre companies in our region and beyond.

A closer look.

A great deal of learning in theatre arts takes place outside the classroom: in the rehearsal hall, in the shops, and in our two performance spaces. Student shows, faculty-directed plays, and student club productions provide as many as 20 production opportunities a year. Our Standardized Patient Nursing/Theatre Arts Collaborative Learning & Teaching Project brings theatre and nursing students together to enhance nursing care simulations.

Meet the theatre arts faculty.

Hartwick’s experienced theatre arts faculty are focused on the future. That’s because they work hand-in-hand with students who want to make the most of their experiences – whether as professionals or as proficient amateurs who do theatre for the love of it. Our students make a difference after graduation.

Gary Burlew
Technical Director
BS, State University of New York at Brockport
Areas of expertise:
technical theatre, lighting.
Barbara Kahl
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
MFA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Areas of expertise:
costume design, scenic design, makeup design, scenic art, properties design and construction, Asian theatre history and practices, acting, musical theatre, Shakespeare, natural dyeing, eco-friendly theatre practices.
Malissa Kano-White
Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
MFA, Illinois State University
Areas of expertise:
acting, musical theatre production, playwriting, theatre for young audiences.
Marc Shaw
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
Areas of expertise:
acting, dramatic literature, solo performance, playwriting, improvisation, British & American theater, Pinter, acting techniques, and gender in popular culture.
Kathryn Smith
Adjunct Lecturer of Dance
BFA, University of New York at Brockport
Areas of expertise:
dance and choreography.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick theatre arts experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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