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You’ll learn, create and perform in the new Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts, an inspirational space that is home to the theatre program. You’ll take part in productions that are innovative – and often provocative. Faculty will help you develop your own identity through classes, workshops, projects and productions.

About the Major

The program focuses on the process of creating theatre including performance, design and analysis. This approach enables students to develop tools with which to approach other disciplines with creativity and rigor. Students may major in theatre or minor in theatre or design and production. Majors maintain high academic and artistic standards as they work on individual and collaborative projects.

I found the biggest strength of my theatre education at Hamilton was the balance between hands-on learning experience and research. The senior project in theatre best exemplifies the equal emphasis on practice and research.

Michael Breslin ’13 — Theatre major

What ultimately distinguishes Hamilton’s program is what one professor calls its “contemporaneousness.” Productions not only entertain but explore the many social and multicultural dimensions of performance. Theatre on the Hill is a dynamic, challenging community that aims to awaken and cultivate every student’s creative potential and presence.

Careers After Hamilton

  • General Manager, Actors Theatre of Phoenix
  • Actor, Donna on USA Network’s Suits
  • Master Electrician, South Coast Repertory Theatre
  • Chief of Strategy and Planning, Goldman Sachs
  • Producer, NBC Universal Media LLC
  • Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Physical Therapist, Rhode Island Rehab Institute
  • Teacher/Theatre & English, NYC Board of Education
  • Public Relations Director, Dallas Children’s Theater
  • Features Producer, Entertainment Tonight

Contact Information


Theatre Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4057 315-859-4527 theatre@hamilton.edu Theatre Website

Meet Our Faculty

A Sampling of Courses

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Out Loud 106S


Through the introduction of a variety of performance genres, this course develops oral communication, public speaking and public performance skills. Although no prior experience in performance or public speaking is expected, students will learn about and participate in such genres as storytelling, solo performance, hip-hop theatre, spoken word poetry, Sprechstimme and cabaret. Writer/performers to be studied/performed include Tim Miller, Karen Finley, Ntozake Shange, Danny Hoch, Sarah Jones and Bertolt Brecht. Oral Presentations.

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Outrageous Acts: Avant-Garde Theatre and Performance Art 236S


An examination of experimental art’s capacity to shock and to force us to recognize ourselves from new and unexpected perspectives. The historical, cultural and philosophical origins and influences, as well as exemplary works from the early avant-garde movements (1890-1940) and more contemporary avant-garde theatre and performance art (1950-1990). Discussion of the art, music, literature, theatre and film of Surrealism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Dada, Futurism, Constructivism, Epic, The Living Theatre, Grotowski, Monk, Wilson, Foreman, The Wooster Group, Hughes, Finley. Oral Presentations.

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African-American Theatre from Ira Aldridge to August Wilson 238


Study, discussion and oral performance of selected works of drama by African-Americans from the 1860s to the present. Focuses on themes within the plays in relation to the current social climate and how they affect the play's evolution in the context of changing U.S. cultural and political attitudes. Oral Presentations.

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Directing 303F


Fundamentals of play direction and script analysis. Study of selected directors and directorial problems; the direction of exercise scenes; and direction of a final scene or one-act for public presentation.

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Meisner One; Transitions 314


Through exercises, performance activities, and presentations, this course provides an introduction to Sanford Meisner’s approach to actor training and its requirements for successful transitions to camera and voice over work. Students learn to demonstrate understanding and practical proficiency in executing the exercises and theoretical concepts of Meisner’s approach to actor training, as well as learning to maintain connections with others during practical activities, presentations and performances. Oral Presentations.

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The Study of the Theatre through Production and Performance 398FS


Performing a major role, stage management, dramaturgy or design of scenery, lighting or costumes for a faculty-directed production. Oral Presentations.

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