If you are looking for a small, rigorous, production-oriented theater program, explore the Theater major at Union. Here you’ll find a conservatory-trained and professionally active faculty that teaches a worldview of theater by presenting work from across genres and cultures.
Courses are offered through the Department of Theater and Dance, based in the Yulman Theater, a modern complex with two performance spaces, design studio, and state-of-the art scenic and costume shops. A new dance pavilion connected to the theater is under construction, to be completed spring 2013.
At Union, you will explore what it means to be an artist through courses that encompass theater literature and history, technical production, and performance skills. Working in a creative and close-knit learning environment, you will encounter opportunities that challenge your imagination.
Amid a robust calendar of theater and dance offerings, major campus productions have included Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty, J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan, Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, Sara Ruhl’s In the Next Room and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Many students are involved in Mountebanks, a drama club which was founded in 1912 and is considered the nation’s oldest student-run theater group.
Beyond campus, you will find study abroad opportunities in the highly regarded London Theater Mini-term, as well as professional internships and specialized training with working theater artists and institutes. During the summer months, many students train with professional companies, including the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Saratoga Shakespeare Company.
In addition to pursuing careers in the field after graduation, Union theater majors have gone on to study at premiere theater and film schools and have secured production jobs in television or film.