Theatre Majors Bring Stories to Life
Individuals with a Theatre degree become performers, technicians, writers, directors and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bachelor’s degree in Theatre prepared these Sage graduates for success.
How many lawyers do you suppose had Theatre as their college major? Seems safe to say, not that many. But …
“My four years at Sage were amazing. We did five shows a season. I was essentially a working actor.”
Lucas Aurelio Phayre-Gonzalez
After graduating with a major in Theatre from Russell Sage College in 2018, Lucas Lucas Aurelio Phayre-Gonzalez journeyed to London …
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.