Theatre and Dance SEPC
The Theatre and Dance SEPC is a group comprised of select students in Theatre and Dance majors. Members' primary duty is to serve students as an official liaison between students and department faculty/staff. Other duties include providing input on department faculty/staff, department productions and the Theatre and Dance major curriculum. They then submit these summaries to the department faculty/staff. In addition, they organize the department study breaks, student performances, and social gatherings. They hold weekly meetings to assign duties and to discuss important issues. Email the Theatre and Dance SEPC for more information.
Open Space Productions
The Open Space Production Season provides an opportunity for interested and qualified individuals to produce theatrical events of their own initiative. Within a given academic year, the Department of Theatre and Dance recognizes that the co-curricular, main stage season will encompass many performance genres and production styles but cannot incorporate the diversity of theatre and dance performance in its entirety. Open Space productions exist for those students (and/or staff) wishing to augment the main stage season with a production of their own choice. The Department of Theatre and Dance strongly supports the Open Space Production Season as a creative outlet for students (and/or staff) and leaves the choice of “text” (play, poem, story, theme, etc.) and form up to the student/s involved. The Department hopes to maximize the educational opportunities inherent in creating a production from scratch, and the guidelines can be found on the link below in order to facilitate this educational process.
The Neverland Players are a student theatre troupe who create performances based on stories written by local children. Their performances combine the written stories, devised work, improv, and music. They hold auditions each semester and perform twice a year.
Student Musical Theatre
Opportunities for students interested in musical theatre often come from Open Space Productions or Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs). These productions utilize student directors, choreographers, actors, dancers, and musicians to produce musical theatre. Recent productions include Spring Awakening, The Last Five Years, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Improv Groups and Stand Up Club
Other comedy opportunities include performing in one of our improv troupes or joining the student Stand Up Club. Some improv troupes include the long-form based Infinite Coincidence and short-form based Ritalin Test Squad. Improv auditions occur at the beginning of each academic year. Stand Up Club is a student run comedy group who perform monthly shows. It is open to all students regardless of comedy experience.
In addition to the faculty lead Dance Ensemble/ACTivate group, there are several student dance groups including Salsa Club, Ballet Club, and Contra Dance. These are open to all students regardless of dance experience. You can find more information on Dance Ensemble/ACTivate on our curriculum page.