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Theatre

Research Opportunities

At Hamilton, students of theatre and dance have diverse performance, directing, choreography and design opportunities. Auditions for main stage theatre productions are open to all students. Each year, faculty members and students produce two or three plays directed by faculty members, two dance concerts choreographed by faculty members, and as many as 10 productions directed, choreographed, designed, performed and produced by students. Students and faculty also participate in the national American College Dance Festival.

The College and the department sponsor two visiting artists series — Classical Connections and Contemporary Voices and Visions — that bring renowned performers to campus. In addition to seeing the work of these guests, students participate in workshops, seminars and classes with the artists. Recent visiting artists and master teachers have included Pilobolus, Dance Brazil, Feld Ballets/NY, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Anne Bogart, the Saratoga International Theatre Institute, Fred Curchak, Meredith Monk, Bread and Puppet Theater, the Joe Goode Performance Group and Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Student theatre majors have taught and performed at local schools and art centers as well as with summer theatres. Students interested in arts administration gain experience in the department box office and as house managers. Many theatre majors secure internships with summer theatres after their junior year. Theatre and dance students also participate in many outstanding programs abroad and have studied in such places as Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Bali, Germany, London and Paris.

Kelsey Crane '17 in Hamilton's Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts.
Kelsey Crane ’17 Explores the Power of the Monologue

When you think of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Hamlet’s soliloquy “to be, or not to be” is probably the first thing that comes to mind. This scene is just one well-known example of the power of monologues. Monologues, whether in a 17th-century play or a recent movie, have a special power to delve into the mind of characters and connect with audiences. This summer, Kelsey Crane ’17 is exploring the particular power of monologues, working with Professor of Theatre Craig Latrell under an Emerson Summer Research grant.  More ...

Asad Javed '16
Asad Javed ’16 Reimagines Moliere's Tartuffe Through Costume Design

Asad Javed ’16 is working this summer through an Emerson Grant to transpose the Molière classic Tartuffe into a number of new settings, in a project titled “Unholy Vanities and Holy Prose: A Reimagination of Moliere's Tartuffe through Costume Design.” Javed, a French and  interdisciplinary studies (film) double major, is undertaking this project in creative collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Andrew Holland.  More ...

Jessye McGarry '16 and Carrie Solomon '16
Two Hamilton Students Hone Comedic Skills at Second City in Chicago

While many students in the class of 2016 are either abroad or at Hamilton programs in New York City and Washington, D.C., both Carrie Solomon ’16 and Jessye McGarry ’16 opted for an alternate city experience. This fall, the two students have pursued their passion for comedy in a semester-long program, straight from the source at The Second City’s Chicago-based comedic headquarters.  More ...

Nathaniel Lanman '15
Abandoned Utica School is Inspiration for Collaborative Project

An abandoned building can hold many memories, and Utica’s Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School may hold more than most. Since closing in 1992, the school has stood in disrepair, but people in the surrounding area still have strong memories of its role in the community.  With funding from the Emerson Foundation, Nathaniel Lanman ’15 is compiling a collection of creative writing about the school, which a group of students will later use in writing a script for a theater performance.  More ...

Elizabeth Buchanan '15, Katherine Delesalle '14, and Allison Schuette '16.
Utica's Roosevelt School is Inspiration for Theatre Project

Utica's Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, now with a crumbling brick exterior and overgrown foliage, stands in stark contrast to the educational institution it once was.  In their Levitt Group project titled “BRICKS: An Intersection of Architecture and Community,” three students are investigating the relationship between the city’s physical identity and its surrounding community.  More ...

Wynn Van Dusen '15
Wynn Van Dusen ’15 Discovers Utica's Pop Culture History

Despite living so close to Utica, the majority of Hamilton students spend little time there. Wynn Van Dusen ’15, however, has developed an interest in the city’s history. Through her Emerson Foundation project, “Remembering ‘The City that God Forgot’: A Study of Pop Culture and Art in Utica, Post World War II,” she is trying to gain a sense of what living in Utica in the era of its decline felt like. Van Dusen is working with Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Theatre Carole Bellini-Sharp.  More ...

Nate Goebel '15
Goebel ’15 Delves Into Chekhov in Emerson Project

Last fall, Nate Goebel ’15 realized that he wasn’t satisfied with the way he read plays and decided to improve his reading of what happens between the lines of dialogue. In an Emerson Foundation Grant project titled “Apocalypse at Dinner: A Creative-Minded Study of Anton Chekhov’s Craft,” Goebel will immerse himself in the plays and short stories of Anton Chekhov and will ultimately adapt one of the author's stories into a short play, developing a first-hand knowledge of playwriting.  More ...

Danielle Brockmann '13
Fourth Play in Production at The House of Brockmann

Danielle Brockmann ’13 is no novice when it comes to creating theatrical performances. Although she has not yet graduated from Hamilton, she has already founded her own production company, The House of Brockmann, and has written, produced and performed three plays. Brockmann’s fourth work, A Leurs Yeux, will be a result of the hours upon hours of work she has been able to complete thanks to her receipt of an Emerson Summer Research Grant.  More ...

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