We nurture performing artists and present their work in the region’s premier mid-sized theater.
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
Prof. Allen Shannon — set designer extraordinaire — shares his expertise with students in the scene shop and in class, providing hands-on experiences to help shape future careers in theater.
Learn all facets of production, including technical work and costume design. Get involved in large plays, black-box theatre, operas, musicals, and more.
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.
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.
Movement and Dance weekend (MAD) features more than 30 events and dance and movement master classes in a variety of styles over four days. The event is sponsored by the Theatre and Dance department.
You can apply to complete your senior year with a semester at the Tepper program in New York City.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Learn more about faculty and guest teachers in the Theatre and Dance Department.
Theatre and performing arts clubs and organizations are open to majors and non-majors. Clubs include Dare2Dance, the Nazareth Dance Association, and Theatre League.
“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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