Theatre Majors Bring Stories to Life

Individuals with a Theatre degree become performers, technicians, writers, directors and more.

Introduction

With courses ranging from acting to stagecraft to history and literature, Russell Sage College produces well-rounded artists — both onstage and off.  A Theatre major 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.  

Faculty

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.

Program Distinctions

The B.A. in Theatre program provides a spectrum of learning opportunities that will help you become a fully-developed 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  performing arts and arts-in-education programming in the Albany/Troy Capital Region for youth, educators and residents. It also allows Russell Sage College 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.

“Students have worked at Shakespeare in the Park in New York, students work at all the terrific theaters in the Berkshires … By the time they leave they could be in upwards of 15 to 20 plays.”

David Baecker, MFA, Associate Professor

“You have so many opportunities for anything — backstage, onstage, clothing, makeup, hair. You are always learning.”

Liz Broderick ’23

Careers with a Theatre Degree

Recent graduates of Sage’s Theatre program are working as actors with theatre companies and on HBO and Amazon series; as administrators at Sand Lake Center for the Arts and Baltimore Center Stage; and as an attorney who says her theatre background is an asset to her legal career.

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Graduate Studies with a Theatre Degree

A Master of Fine Arts degree is the next step for many Musical Theatre majors who want to continue their education.

Recent graduates have been accepted to MFA programs at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, Sarah Lawrence College and Missouri State University.

This program is also excellent preparation for graduate degrees in other fields that align with your goals.

 

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 venues. Past internships have included Shakespeare & Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, New York.


Program Objectives

The curriculum includes 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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