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.

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

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.

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.

Upcoming events and performances by the Theatre and Dance department >>

Jackie Collins, a senior in the theatre arts program, took over the Nazareth Instagram account for a week in December as part of the NazGramTakeover project. Hover over each photo to see her captions.

Macbeth at Nazareth

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

    Alum Spotlight

    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. Learn more about Katie, Gloria, and their experience at Nazareth >>

    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.

    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.

    Theatre and Performing Arts 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.

    Faculty in the Field

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

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