Welcome to Theatre and Dance
at SUNY Fredonia!
This is the blog for the Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY-Fredonia. We will from time to time post news, information, or snippits of the day-to-day life in the department. Often posts will be published by both faculty and students. If you would like more information feel free to click this link to get to the department’s website. To make sure you get the latest news and information as soon as it’s published, click on the RSS Entries link up above to subscribe to the news feed for this blog.
The Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia offers to students interested in theatre the most comprehensive offering of degree programs of all the liberal arts colleges and universities within the SUNY system. With Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre (with tracks in Theatre, Music and Dance), Theatrical Production and Design (with emphases in Costume Design, Scenic Design, Lighting Design and Technical Production) and the Bachelor of Arts in General Theatre Studies, as well as minors in Theatre and Dance, no other SUNY liberal arts institution can offer you the range of experience or opportunity that Fredonia can.
In the fall of 2007, the department added a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance to its already extensive offerings. Students interested in majoring in dance can now receive an advanced degree in the field, with training in modern, jazz, tap and ballet offered. Students have the opportunity to perform with the Fredonia Dance Ensemble, our new resident dance company, as well as take advantage of master classes and residencies with professional dance companies from across the region and the country.
Our faculty consists of highly-trained and abundantly experienced artists and teachers dedicated to giving you the best education and training. All our faculty are experienced professional performers and designers who continue to be active in their fields of expertise. We are a resident faculty dedicated to undergraduate education. All our major classes are taught by our resident full-time faculty, and our 14-1 average ratio of student to teacher makes sure you get individual attention. Our faculty also spend countless hours outside the classroom with students in extra coaching sessions, advising sessions, rehearsals, or additional shop time. Working side-by-side with faculty, students receive intense, personal mentoring as they progress through the program.
Upon graduation, students can immediately tap into our network of alumni working in the profession. We have an alumni network of students who have graduated as far back as 25 years ago and still maintain contact with the department. Many of our students work in all aspects of the profession, including working in regional theatres, national tours, and yes, even on Broadway. Many other students go on to achieve success in a vast array of professions, and credit their training in the department as a major reason for their success. Our Alumni page will give you some idea of the various careers our graduates have found.
Our production program is a vital part of our training process. Students interested in theatre have the opportunity to work on our four major theatre productions (The Walter Gloor Mainstage Series) as well as the major concert of the Fredonia Dance ensemble. Directed by our resident faculty, student have the opportunity to perform in a number of theatrical styles. Advanced student designers are given opportunities to design costumes, sets and lights for these productions. Check out some of our past seasons, peruse our photo gallery, and you will see that we are dedicated to presenting a wide array of theatre styles and eras from the world of dramatic literature.
Supplementing the department’s mainstage season are the various productions mounted by our student groups. The Performing Arts Company, the student production organization funded by the Student Association, puts on two major and two experimental productions per year, all produced, directed, designed and performed by students. Orchesis, the student dance organization, puts on several large and small dance concerts per year, also created entirely by students. Finally, the One-Act Festival, consisting of one-act plays directed by the students in the Directing I class, are performed over a three-evening period, with 14-15 one-acts per semester. As you can guess, opportunities abound for any interested performer or designer.
Couple all of this with the opportunities presented by our nationally-renown School of Music, our cutting-edge Department of Visual Arts and New Media, and the various options in film, radio and TV in the Department of Communication, and you can see why SUNY Fredonia prides itself in leading the way as the premiere liberal arts university for the visual and performing arts.
Interested in a great education? Interested in theatre and dance? You just found it at SUNY Fredonia! Please feel free to explore our website, examine our program offerings, and apply for an audition. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or email.