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.