Theatre and Performance

Thrive at a wildly theatrical campus—and city.

We nurture performing artists and present their work in the region’s premier mid-sized theater.

Production Season

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Caitlin Jones

Alumni Spotlight: Caitlin Jones ‘09

A passion for acting combined with coursework, extracurricular activities, and an internship that showed her more facets of the field led musical theatre major Caitlin Jones ‘09 to discover her life’s work as a casting director and voiceover actress. #lifesworkNaz

Zhongyuan Grace Fa and another dance student leap in the air

A Virtual Stage

For a senior project, dancer Zhongyuan "Grace" Fa '16 (right) and Anastasia Pembrook '16 collaborated on a virtual/mixed reality performance that won a national award. The Farewell to Dawn collaboration, which included Heather Roffe, a Nazareth dance professor and program director, also was featured in Science Node online magazine.

Production Season

Learn all facets of production, including technical work and costume design. Get involved in large plays, black-box theatre, operas, musicals, and more.

Events and performances by the Theatre and Dance department

senior showcase

Senior Showcase

The Theatre and Dance Department Senior Showcase enables senior musical theatre and acting majors to present performance skills to industry professionals, agents, and casting directors in New York City. This  opportunity for callbacks, auditions, and representation launches careers in stage/television/film, and helps make the Theatre and Dance program at Nazareth College a rival to many nationally acclaimed programs.

Matthew Steffens, dancer, choreographer, director

Visiting Prof: Matt Steffens

Great classes and stage opportunities aren’t enough. Nazareth professors and visiting professionals such as Matt Steffens guide students for successful careers. Check out international director, choreographer, performer, and teacher Steffens’ Broadway, film, and TV credits.

Semester in NYC

You can apply to complete your senior year with a semester at the Tepper program in New York City.

  • Train with professionals at all levels of theatre
  • Take studio classes, attend Broadway shows, and benefit from personal career training
  • Be immersed in New York City and the theater scene

Macbeth at Nazareth

    Pursuing theater or dance at Nazareth College is hands-on from the first semester.

    For Alicia Borrachero '90, "Theatre is Sacred"

    "This is why I became an actress. This is what makes sense, what gives acting a place in this world.’ When there is communion and deep connection, not just entertainment, it can be truly healing and transformative.”

    Performing Arts Abroad

    Build your artistic skills and enrich your perspective as a musician, dancer, or actor: Study abroad in London during Summer A or B term! Read about the Performing Arts Abroad partnership.

    Corinne Aquilina at piano

    Faculty Spotlight

    "Live theater keeps your spirit alive. I love the challenge of the creative process," says Corinne Aquilina, assistant professor and program director of musical theatre. She focuses on real-world career preparation: "You should have a job before you graduate. My goal is to offer the tools and opportunity necessary for what is trending in musical theatre. My colleagues and I help the students to network." Read a profile of this dynamic educator and professional.

    Broadway Bound, Naz Alums,

    Broadway Bound

    Katie Ganem '13 and Gloria Gambino '13 both wrote and directed plays for national and international stages while at Nazareth. Katie is currently the artistic director at Open Space Arts in Maryland while Gloria is production coordinator at Vayner Media in New York City.

    Nazareth College Arts Center

    State of the Art Facilities

    The Arts Center at Nazareth College is Rochester's premier mid-size theater and performing arts venue for world-class dance, music, children's and family theatre, and international entertainment.

    Faculty in the Field

    Learn more about faculty and guest teachers in the Theatre and Dance Department.

    Clubs and Organizations

    Theatre and performing arts clubs and organizations are open to majors and non-majors. Clubs include Dare2Dance, the Nazareth Dance Association, and Theatre League.

    Kevin Cody Hunt, Nazareth College student, theater and math major

    Spotlight: Kevin Cody Hunt '16

    “I’d like to act in every medium and genre possible: stage, television, film, experimental stuff, etc.” — Kevin Cody Hunt '16, a double major in mathematics and theatre arts.



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