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A Sampling:

ATH 110. Stage Craft

ATH 112. Beginning Acting

ATH 120. History of Theatre

ATH 125. Improvisation

ATH 128. Stage Combat

ATH 151. Directing

ATH 231. Voice for the Stage

ATH 325. Acting Shakespeare

Department of Theater and Dance
Department of Theater and Dance
Arts 1st floor
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-7129
Mainstage production of Gorey Stories
Mainstage production of Gorey Stories


See where Union takes you:
  • Film and theater actor
  • Assistant Director/Stage Manager, Tri County Performing Arts Center/ Village Productions
  • Hollywood Director and Writer
  • Mixed Media Marketing Specialist, Univ. of Washington School of Drama
  • NYC Casting Agent
  • Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Paralegal/Consultant, Alliance Bernstein
The Arts at Union
The Arts at Union
The arts are an integral part of the Union experience, offering students opportunities for creative and critical thinking, dialogue and diverse perspectives.
Jasmine Roth '14
"Professor Culbert introduced me to what it really meant to be a theater professional. I knew then that this was definitely my life ambition – and that I had come to the right place."
Jasmine Roth

If you are looking for a small, rigorous, production-oriented theater program, explore the Theater major at Union. Here you’ll find conservatory-trained and professionally active faculty members who teach a worldview of theater by presenting work from across genres and cultures.  

William Finlay

"As a theater and dance program set in a liberal arts college, we offer remarkable training. We appeal to students with a wide range of interests; we've had pre-med and theater double majors."

Theater Dept. Chair William Finlay

Courses are offered through the Department of Theater and Dance, based in the Yulman Theater, a modern complex with two performance spaces, design studio, and state-of-the art scenic and costume shops. A spacious new dance pavilion is connected to the theater.

At Union, you will explore what it means to be an artist through courses that encompass theater literature and history, technical production, and performance skills. Working in a creative and close-knit learning environment, you will encounter opportunities that challenge your imagination.

Amid a robust calendar of theater and dance offerings, major campus productions have included Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty, J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan, Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, Sara Ruhl’s In the Next Room and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Many students are involved in Mountebanks, a drama club founded in 1912, considered the nation’s oldest student-run theater group.

Beyond campus, you will find study abroad opportunities on the London Theater Mini-term. You may also secure professional internships and specialized training with working theater artists and institutes. During the summer, many students train with professional companies, including the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Saratoga Shakespeare Company.

In addition to pursuing careers in the field after graduation, Union theater majors have gone on to study at premiere theater and film schools and have secured production jobs in television or film.