Department of Theatre and Dance

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Fredonia Theatre and Dance is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

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Audition applications for the Fall 2017 semester for the BFA Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance and Theatrical Production and Design degree programs are now being accepted. Please see our Audition Information page to apply to the BFA program in Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Theatrical Production and Design. Also, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to see if your question is answered there.

Why Fredonia? Check out this presentation to find out why Fredonia is the best choice for your theatre and dance education and training!

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Fredonia offers to students interested in theatre and dance 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, Theatrical Production and Design (with emphases in Costume Design, Scenic Design, Lighting Design and Technical Production) and Dance, 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.

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, dance companies, 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. Student dancers perform in the resident Fredonia Dance Ensemble and spend the year creating and preparing for this concert alongside faculty and guest choreographers. Directed by our resident faculty, student have the opportunity to perform in a number of theatrical and dance 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 and dance styles and eras from the world of dramatic literature and interpretive dance.

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 Fredonia prides itself in leading the way as the premiere liberal arts university for the visual and performing arts.
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Our theatre program is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The department is housed in the beautiful Michael C. Rockefeller Center for the Arts.

Interested in a great education? Interested in theatre and dance? You just found it at 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 use the contact information located at the bottom the left-hand sidebar to give us a call or email.


Theatre & Dance

212 Rockefeller Arts Center
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3596
(716) 673-3621 fax