Department of Theater and Dance

2023-2024 Season


You on the Moors Now

You on the Moors Now poster

Show Times:

May 29th - June 1st - 7:30pm
June 2nd at 2:00PM
Yulman Theater

Union College Theater and Dance Department presents You on the Moors Now, by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Jasmine Roth.

What would happen if Elizabeth Bennet, Cathy Earnshaw, Jane Eyre, and Jo March leaped out of their novels and ran away together?

These four famous literary heroines of the nineteenth century reject the marriage proposals from their suitors, and instead set out on an epic adventure to find themselves and see the world! But when this radical act ignites a war between the heroines and their gentlemen callers, everything you know from these novels is turned upside down in a battle royale. As the ensemble journeys through the moors, our heroines grapple with love, anger, ambition, grief, and gender expectations of the past and present.

Join us for a wild, raucous romp that catapults through the worlds of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in a journey between the pages of these books and modern day.

The runtime is approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite or visit us at our box office located in Yulman Theater Monday-Friday 1-2pm.

Please note this production contains strong language and adult themes, simulated violence and onstage character deaths, prop weapons, and loud noises.

In the news

You on the Moors Now Program document

Steinmetz Day - Lothridge Festival of Dance

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Show Times:

Friday, May 10th, 4pm
The Nott Memorial

The hour-long show is set for 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. Attendance is first come, first served, and will be capped at 400.

Eighty performers will present 15 works in an array of dance styles. Eight student dance clubs are represented, including Bhangra, Dance Team, JAIVE Afrovibes, Hip Hop, K-Pop, Latinx Dance Club, Natyashastra and Tap Club. Laurie Zabele Cawley, assistant director of the dance program and director of the Steinmetz production, and Megan Flynn, the Gustave L. Davis ’59 and Susan S. Davis Director of Dance and artist in residence in the Department of Theater and Dance, have choreographed several pieces. Student choreographers include Nishtha Agarwal ’24, Ashlesha Bhagat ’26, Ishika Chourasia ’25, Sofia Cresta ’24, Eva Crowley ’24, Mahek Desai ’24, Aydana Djoroeva ’25, Vivian Escobar ’25, Pheary Kang ’25, Veronah Najjuuko ’26, Grace Newcombe ’25, Hades Panlilio ’26, Lydia Singer ’24, Vaishali Srinivasan ’25 and Armaan Uppal ’26.

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Winter Dance Concert: Borders and Boundaries

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Show Times:

February 28th-March 2nd - 7:30pm
March 2nd at 2:00PM
Yulman Theater

The Union College Dance Program presents Borders and Boundaries, a dance concert featuring 10 original works choreographed by students and faculty. Borders and Boundaries features 33 student performers, alongside original costume and lighting designs created in collaboration with the theater and dance department.

The runtime is approximately 75 minutes.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite - click here to purchase or visit us at our box office located in Yulman Theater Monday-Friday 1-2pm.

In the news

Borders and Boundaries Program

Patriot Acts

Patriot acts poster

Show Times:

February 1-3 at 7:30PM
February 4 at 2:00PM
Yulman Studio Theater

Union College Theater and Dance Department presents Patriot Acts a play written and directed by Cheryl Black.

Patriot Acts dramatizes American women’s quest for enfranchisement, a quest that intersects with the larger story of securing America’s long-deferred dream of liberty and justice for all, a complex, sprawling journey beginning in 1776 and continuing into the present day. The play is a text more “wrought” than “written,” inspired by British playwright Elizabeth Robins’ 1906 “dramatic tract” (especially her second act, which depicts a suffrage rally) and assembled from a plethora of historical and dramatic sources, including speeches, letters, sermons, songs, newspaper reports, memoirs, poems, and plays, and featuring a host of historical figures (John and Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Maria Lopez, Alice Paul, Mabel Lee Hua, Mary Church Terrell, Marie Baldwin, W.E.B. DuBois, and others….). If there is a central protagonist in Patriot Acts, it is the disenfranchised in the U.S. who have never given up on achieving equality and justice, and one of its major aims is to remind those of us who may now exercise these hard-won rights to honor those who won them for us.

The runtime is 90 minutes.

In the news

Patriot Acts Program document

FALL 2023


Poster of theater production. "FLORIDITA, my Love"

Show Times:

November 1 - November 4 at 7:30PM
November 5 at 2:00PM
Yulman Theater

Union College Theater and Dance Department presents FLORIDITA, my Love a play by Javier Antonio González, directed by Jorge Luna.

After missing a train, a young immigrant waitress contemplates suicide on the subway platform at the 125th Street Station. What follows is a perversely comical regression into her darkest fantasies, memories, or both. “FLORIDITA, my Love” is a nightmare about the invisible in the United States, set on the border crossings between real and imaginary, Harlem and Morningside Heights, Mexico and New York City.

Warnings: Not recommended for audiences under 16 years old. Strong language, adult content, racial slurs, prop guns and the sound of gunshots will be used during the performance

The runtime is 90 minutes, there will be no intermission.

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In The Daily Gazette

FLORIDITA, my Love Program document

Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

On Campus Events
Thursday, October 19th- Henle Dance Studio
6-7:15pm - Master Class (sign up here)
7:30-8:30pm Lecture/Demonstration with Debbie Blunden-Diggs, DCDC Artistic Director.

Performance at The Egg, Albany
Friday, October 20th
7:15pm - Pre show talk
8pm - Performance

Tickets are FREE with a Union ID and available at Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts 102 Main Office. The Main Office is open M-F 10am-4:00pm.

The Stephanie C. Davis Residency is made possible by a gift from Gus (‘59) and Sue Davis, in memory of their daughter, Stephanie.