Yulman Performing Arts Center

Meet your muse

It's easy to get involved in theater at Union, which offers an array of opportunities for majors and non-majors alike, in all class years, without intense competition for stage time or performances. From Shakespeare to Sara Ruhl, Clifford Odets to Oscar Wilde, compelling drama and movement abound on our stages. Full-fledged productions, staged readings, cabaret nights and dance performances are held throughout the academic year.

A scene from a Union College student production of a Midsummer night's dream.
Two students conversing on a bench outside Yulman Theater

The Yulman Performing Arts Center includes the main Yulman Theater as well as a black box theater; an actor’s studio; classroom, rehearsal and lecture spaces; a costume shop; and a design studio that serves as a teaching space for theatrical design courses. The scene shop accommodates stagecraft classes and specialty construction classes. The Yulman Theater lobby, a popular gathering space, wraps around the main stage, connecting to the Henle Dance Pavilion.

Factoid: Students interested in theater also get involved with the Mountebanks, a drama club founded in 1912 that is considered the nation’s oldest student-run performing group.

Students in Yulman Theater painting sets and props.

A close=up of some sketches and illustrations of costume being crafted in the costume shop.
Students gather in the Yulman Theater lobby for conversation of the latest theatrical production.