You will study and perform in a new theatre and studio arts building that will be completed in July 2014. You will be part of productions that are innovative and often provocative. Faculty will help you find and develop your own identity through classes, workshops, projects and productions.

The cast of The Dispute featuring Sarah Caswell ’14, Michael Breslin ’13, Torian Pope ’14 , Alex Dorer ’13, Kyra Jackson ’14, Brian Evans ’15, Wynn Van Dusen ’15, Josh Bridge ’14, Michael Gagnon ’16, Kiki Sosa ’15, Lizzie Buchanan ’15 and Louise Owens ’16.

A student’s debut: a production in New York City

At her advisor’s suggestion, Wynn Van Dusen ’15 submitted a play she’d written to a New York City theatre festival looking for 10 short pieces to produce. Van Dusen is a theatre major with a minor in creative writing. She dug out a play she’d written as a first-year student, sent it off and to her surprise it was accepted for the Second Annual Red Shirt Rooftop Reading Series.

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The festival took place in September, when classes were rolling. Van Dusen needed to spend the week prior to the performances in New York to work with the director and cast. She spent more than two hours a day in workshops with Red Shirt to strengthen the play and develop her brand as a writer. Her professors were supportive as she juggled coursework and production-related tasks.

Van Dusen was pleased to discover that what she’s learning about writing at Hamilton stands up.

“Now that I’m branching out into the world,” she says, “I’m kind of seeing how the Hamilton methodology does line up with what everyone else is doing and how I can sort of hold my own in this group of writers, which is scary but also exciting.”

Michael Breslin '13, far right, at work during his year of research.

A graduate’s progress: a year of research and travel

Michael Breslin ’13, was a theatre major who won one of Hamilton College’s greatest honors: a fellowship that offers a student the rare chance to pursue a personal academic interest. For Breslin, that’s unequivocally theatre. The $22,000 William M. Bristol Fellowship encourages students to live outside the U.S. for a year of study. Breslin’s project is “Gender Play: Displaying, Transgressing, and Transcending Gender Identity in World Theatre.”

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His plan, always subject to change, was to explore the subject in Germany, Poland, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, England, Ireland and maybe more countries. Breslin, in the midst of his project, expects the fellowship will help shape his long-term future.

“I have a feeling that the remainder of the year will bring about a great deal of change for me as a person and as an artist,” he says.

In Breslin’s estimation, Hamilton theatre majors emerge ready for what awaits them.

“My professors treated every moment as preparation for life, for the deepening and expanding of my consciousness as a person, artist and citizen,” he says.