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Theatre

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.

Keven Herrara was in the cast of the Theatre Department's 2013 productuion of The Good Person of Szechwan. From left are Charles Wilson, Anna Jastrzembski, Torian Pope, Kevin Herrera, Allie Schuette, Ines Santana, Alex Crivelli.
Keven Herrara was in the cast of the Theatre Department's 2013 productuion of The Good Person of Szechwan. From left are Charles Wilson, Anna Jastrzembski, Torian Pope, Kevin Herrera, Allie Schuette, Ines Santana, Alex Crivelli.

A student’s improbable pursuit: science and the stage

With classes, labs, theatre productions and other responsibilities, some days start at 9 a.m. and end 14 hours later for Kevin Herrera ’16. If Herrera isn’t the only geo-sciences/theatre double major you’ve ever heard of, he’s likely the most determined. He still has the first-year planner in which he meticulously listed the requirements for the wildly divergent majors. He’s en route to both. Herrera admits the combination isn’t easy to manage, but says he’s in the right place to make it happen. If you want a school “in which you can do almost anything you can imagine, there really is no better place,” he says about Hamilton College.

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Herrera spent a month doing geology fieldwork in Tasmania with a Hamilton group. Back on the Hill, he received the Edwin Barrett Prize, which is awarded at the end of sophomore year to a student who makes a significant contribution to the theatre program. His long-term goal is to be a voice actor, but he harbors other possibilities: earning a master’s degree in geology, launching a high school geo program for students who love the subject as much as he does, pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts. Herrera describes himself as more excited than nervous about all the prospects.


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.