Degree: Bachelor of Arts
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.
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.
“In my first acting class, during one assignment, Bill (William Finlay, department chair) told me, ‘You have a good eye for directing.’ That was very exciting. He recognizes that directing lets me explore aspects of myself in a different way.”
- Angel Flores '21
Since graduating from Union, Elizabeth Magas '15 has kept busy working with several acclaimed theater companies. She has also plied her trade alongside top designers, including Paul Tazewell of "Hamilton" fame and Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young.
From courses to concerts to student clubs, the arts are infused throughout campus life.