School of Communication Media and the Arts

The Theatre Department at SUNY Oswego

Theater is an exciting world. Whether on stage or in the wings, there's an opportunity for self-expression and creative work. Oswego's Theatre Department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Majors in the Theatre Department

Our Theater program offers a major leading to a BA in Theater with concentrations in Acting/Directing, Design/Technical Theater, History/Criticism and Music Theater.

Minors in the Theatre Department

Our minor in theatre is also an option. The program includes introductory, intermediate and highly specialized advanced course work in all areas.


We recognize the at the immediacy of theatre, its collaborative nature and ability to share stories on an elemental level to a community are what ultimately draw students together to make theatre. Theatre is, as Robert Edmond Jones wrote, "to be aware of the Now." The department is dedicated to training students in this awareness through study of the theory, craft and history of theatre while holding itself to high artistic standards of production in the context of a Liberal Arts program.

The Theatre Department produces at least four major productions during the academic year staged in Waterman Theatre (a 500-seat proscenium theatre) and a flexible lab space. Programming features the classics, contemporary drama, and musicals as well as numerous smaller scale activities such as student theatre, workshop productions, collaborations with the Music Department, readings of original plays and workshops with visiting artists. The department supports productions presented by ARTSwego, a campus-based performing arts series. The department also participates regularly in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Internships and study-abroad opportunities are available and encouraged.

Facilities at Oswego 

The Theater Department's facilities in Tyler Hall include both Waterman Theatre that seats 503 people and a Lab Theatre that seats 138 people.

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