The goal of Hamilton’s Theatre Department is to teach students to think and express themselves creatively while at the same time learning discipline, time management, and solid group-building and leadership skills.
The program in theatre is at the heart of the liberal arts experience at Hamilton. It focuses not only on the process of creating performance art, but on the growth of the performer as well. Students in theatre develop the tools with which to approach other disciplines with creativity and rigor. The demands and rewards of artistic performance encourage personal responsibility and empowerment, and they build a sense of community both within the creative ensemble and between performer and audience. Through classes, workshops, projects and productions, students are helped to find and develop their own identities.
Theatre is a demanding discipline at Hamilton. It challenges students to develop intellectually, creatively, physically and emotionally. In addition to teaching the skills of theatre as an art form, the Hamilton curriculum emphasizes ideas, imagination, problem solving, spontaneity, discipline, cooperation and commitment. Majors maintain high academic and artistic standards as they work on individual and collaborative projects. Students may major in theatre or minor in theatre or design and production, taking a series of courses that balance performance and nonperformance workshops and classes.
What ultimately distinguishes the theatre program at Hamilton is what one professor calls its “contemporaneousness.” Productions are innovative and often provocative. They not only entertain but also explore the many social and multicultural dimensions of performance. It is a dynamic, challenging community that aims to awaken and cultivate every student’s creative potential and presence.