Theatre and Dance Department

Spring Dance Concert

April 9 and 10, 2021 | Callahan Theater
Availability is very limited, and restricted to Nazareth faculty, staff, and students only. Sign up required!

Workshop 360

Workshop 360 is a dynamic, immersive experiential learning initiative borne out of a response to the procedural limitations brought about by the pandemic.  Featuring minimal production elements, and without any emphasis on performance outcomes, Workshop 360 is a commitment to the rehearsal and discovery process within a rigorous environment modeled after professional practices.  Featuring select material from five musicals (Legally Blonde, American Psycho, Dogfight, Rent, Chicago), in an hour long format, curated exclusively by students in the Theatre department, as well as adjunct, full-time faculty, and visiting guest artists, Workshop 360 is a return to the pure joys of theatre-making, collaboration, and shared artistry.  

Please note:  This event is considered course work and is by - and for - the students and faculty of The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department. No general audiences.

Detroit '67

March 13, 2021 | Callahan Theater
Virtual Recording

Detroit '67 tells the story of conflicting siblings against a backdrop of the race riots that shook Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 1967. Congratulations to the students of the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department, Theatre League, and the cast and crew for bringing the interpretation of Detroit '67 to life.

Directed by Gary DeWitt Marshall

Written by Dominique Morisseau

Nickel and Dimed

View the Nickel and Dimed Program

November 15, 2020 | Callahan Theater
Performed by the Theatre and Dance Department Students

Barbara Ehrenreich made her journey into the low-wage working world in 1989 and 1990. She quickly discovered that it was simply not possible to survive, to pay all your bills and clothes, house, and feed herself, even with two minimum wage jobs and only supporting one person. It hasn't gotten easier. In fact it has gotten much harder. The number of people in this country who are food or housing insecure has shot through the roof, as has the number of people who are one to two paychecks away from significant financial problems that would affect housing, food, health care, education... everything to which sane people think human beings should have access.

The gap between the very wealthy and what is left of the 'middle-class' and those on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder has done nothing but widen since Ehrenreich's book came out in January of 2001. Now, twenty years later, as the saying goes, the rich get richer, and the poor...well, they get poorer.

And there are more of us everyday.

- Director, Dr. Matthew Ames

Monologues on Clarissa Street

September 6, 2020 | A48
Virtual Recording

Monologues on Clarissa Street was directed by award-winning actor and director, Mr. Gary Dewitt Marshall. This filmed, staged reading is a collection of relevant stories and voices of the 1930s-1960s from our own Rochester, NY and features several of our department’s BIPOC students. Many African-Americans escaping the domestic terrorism of the south to find work in the north found Rochester, NY, to be their home. While there, those that remained carved out thriving jazz, faith, and nightlife communities on what came to be known as Clarissa St. Monologues on Clarissa St, is their story. The Monologues on Clarissa Street Project demonstrates the power and impact of community based theatre. We are very proud of all of the students who contributed to this project.

Monologues on Clarissa Street Video

Monologues on Clarissa Street Program


October 9-10, 2020
Virtual Recording

Music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis; book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan

The musical tells the story of a young Charlie Chaplin growing up and how he became his famous "little tramp." The first act is devoted to the issues of growing and becoming a man who realizes that he wants to be in the filming industry, which was at the very beginning of its ascent. A second act tells how he got into the world of cinema, which was then very similar to classical theater with its constant exaggerations in facial expressions, movements, makeup, and even in the manner of the play — and how he tried to change it.

Charlie Brown's Christmas

November 19, 2020 | A48
Virtual Recording

By Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez  and Lee Mendelson; stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer

By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Senior Showcase and Senior Showcase NYC

March 2020




For tickets to the production season shows, contact the Arts Center Box Office at 585-389-2170.

For tickets to all other performances, contact the Theatre and Dance department, 585-389-2603.