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Department of Theatre & Dance


From directing, choreographing, acting and dancing to designing and technical work, theatre and dance are highly collaborative art forms at SUNY Potsdam.



Students and professionals engage in creative problem solving requiring the setting and meeting of long-term goals and the analysis and understanding movement and dramatic literature.

Faculty and students work closely in support of our active production program which includes productions that are directed and choreographed by students, faculty members, and guest artists. These include ten-minute and one-act play festivals, faculty dance concerts, full-length plays and student choreographers' concerts.


View our Student Handbook (PDF) for the most up-to-date descriptions of our Majors and Minors, and their course requirements.

Scholarships

The Department of Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with dedicated alumni, are working hard to establish scholarships for students. Learn more about the William Champney Scholarship Fund Development in our blog.

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JoAnna Mendl Shaw

NYC Choreographer in Residence at SUNY Potsdam

JoAnna Mendl Shaw stretches the boundaries of traditional dance in her large-scale site specific performance works. Learn More & View Performance Dates

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"The Theatre and Dance Department at SUNY Potsdam was a place of support and exploration. I was able to try so many new and exciting things, acting in a main stage, directing a new play script, being a part of a touring ensemble and a semester long study abroad. I was encouraged to push boundaries and to think outside the box. My experiences through the department have forever shaped me in how I view the world around me, and how I am able express this unique view to others."

~ Molly Clancy, Theatre major and Acting minor, Class of '12