Theater students on stage

Program information

Do you have a passion for theater? Our Liberal Arts & Sciences: Theater Associate in Arts degree program will give you the first two years of preparation to transfer to a drama (literature) or theater (acting or technical) program while providing a solid base in liberal arts. Experience the ensemble nature of the production process as you learn, practice, and perform in our state-of-the-art, 450-seat theater, which serves as a classroom, lecture hall, technical laboratory, and a venue for student, faculty, and community theater work. Learn to examine dramatic texts as literature and scripts for performance. Develop an understanding of the theory and practice of acting, as well as the basics of technical theater. Practicum opportunities are available with community partners.

See semester-by-semester degree plan.

Upon completion of the two-year program, students should be competent in the following areas:

  • Interpersonal and public communication skills appropriate to the field of theater
  • Effective communication using written, oral, and physical modes of expression in the liberal arts and theater traditions
  • Creating and delivering written discourse using expressive, informative and persuasive aims
  • Non-verbal communication for communicating ideas
  • Interpreting theatrical texts in a practical (production based) and critical (literary based) fashion
  • Practical approaches to theatrical production in acting, directing or technical applications
  • An understanding of the nature of diversity and its relationship to the liberal arts
  • An understanding of the historical and current contributions of the culturally diverse theatrical tradition

Transfer options

  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • SUNY Oswego

Career opportunities

  • Costume Attendant
  • Set Designer
  • Sound Engineering Technician
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Make-up Artist

Internship opportunities

  • Practicum opportunities with community partners

Contact us to learn more!

Todd Behrendt, Dean