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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.

"My professors genuinely care about my growth as a student and as a person. They’re there for me, whether helping me rehearse monologues, directing me in a play or just sitting down to talk."
- Ariella Honig

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.

Special learning opportunities

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.  


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Meet some of our faculty

William Finlay

William Finlay

Professor of theater/director of the theater program
M.F.A., University of Connecticut
Special interests: Combat choreography

Miryam Moutillet

Miryam Moutillet

Director of the dance program/senior-artist-in-residence
B.S. Skidmore College
Special interests: Ballet, modern, and dance fitness

Patricia Culbert

Patricia Culbert

M.F.A., Boston University
Special interests: Vocal and performance training for the actor

Brittney Belz

Brittney Belz

Artist in Residence, Costume Designer
M.F.A., University of Virginia
Special interests: History and historical clothing

After Union

Film and theater actor

Assistant director/stage manager, Tri-County Performing Arts Center/Village Productions

Hollywood director and writer

NYC casting agent

Analyst, Goldman Sachs

Paralegal/consultant, Alliance Bernstein