All The World’s a Stage

Theatre professionals use the arts to bring stories to life — as performers, technicians, writers, directors and more.


With courses ranging from acting to stagecraft to history and literature, the Theatre program at Russell Sage College produces well-rounded artists — both onstage and off. Theatre is, by its nature, a hands-on experience, and you’ll be exposed to every part of it through our robust schedule of live productions — up to 70 performances a year. Students applying for admission must perform an entrance audition.  


Our faculty are dedicated teachers and talented artists in their own right. They include experienced actors, directors, costume designers, and more — all focused on guiding you as you gain the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the theatre.

Program Distinctions

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre program provides a spectrum of learning opportunities that will help you become a fully developed theatre professional with multiple career options. Learning in our Schacht Auditorium and our James L. Meader Little Theater (named for the second president of Russell Sage College), you’ll be active in many different production roles.

Theatre Institute at Sage

Established in 2011, the Theatre Institute at Sage is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming in the Albany/Troy Capital Region for youth, educators and residents. It also allows Russell Sage students opportunities as performers, technicians and teachers.

Russell Sage College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Musical Theatre for students interested in transforming their singing and dancing talents into a career.

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Your Future

As a graduate of the Russell Sage Theatre program, you’ll be equipped to pursue careers in (or out of) the arts or continue your education in grad school.


There are many different ways our graduates make a living in theatre — from directing and writing to stage managing and arts administration. Alumni have contributed to countless productions, including My Fair Lady and War Paint on Broadway. They have gone on to become performers, directors, filmmakers, teachers and even lawyers. There’s no telling where a Theatre degree will take you.

Graduate Studies

For those who wish to further their education, Russell Sage College prepares you for graduate studies in theatre, directing, writing, costume design and more. Our alumni have been admitted to graduate programs at renowned institutions like Yale and Sarah Lawrence College. Others have gained additional valuable hands-on experience by apprenticing with Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont, Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., Two River Theatre in New Jersey and many others.

Learning Experience

The flexible Theatre program at Russell Sage allows you to explore a multitude of areas, gaining hands-on experience along the way.

Research & Internships

Our own productions — like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Oliver — provide a foundation of experiential learning for students. And you also have the opportunity to intern with many leading companies and theatres. Past internships have included Shakespeare & Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, New York.

Program Objectives

The Theatre program curriculum includes a breadth of general education courses like communication and history, in-depth theatre classes and hands-on involvement with productions — all of which provide you knowledge and experience that will transfer to a range of careers. As a creative communicator with strong foundational skills, you’ll be ready to take on the world.

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