Marist Theatre Program
The Marist Theatre Program is comprised of the many theatre activities on campus, each unique yet working together to provide a comprehensive learning and social experience for students of all majors. The Marist Theatre Program includes three main components: Academic Theatre, MCCTA and Marist's relationship with River Valley Rep Theatre.
Academic Theatre includes the English Department's Concentration in Theatre, Theatre Minor, mainstage productions, professional workshops, Theatre Alumni Hall of Fame, theatre scholarships, theatre work-study, theatre internships, Pre-College Summer Theatre Institute, Alpha Psi Omega and the Annual Anderson Memorial Playwriting Contest. A host of theatre courses are offered each year, including Acting, Directing and Playwriting.
MCCTA (Marist College Council on Theatre Arts) is the college's student-run theatre organization. MCCTA is the college's oldest theatre club and one of its largest and most active. MCCTA produces several productions a year, including a musical, a comedy or drama, an original play festival and a children's theatre production. Some offerings are produced fully by students, while some are in cooperation with Academic Theatre and its faculty and staff.
Past campus productions of the Marist Theatre Program include, The Wedding Singer, Cabaret, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Godspell, Angels in America, The Laramie Project, Noises Off, Lysistrata, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Marist students regularly intern with professional theatres in their junior or senior year. Recent credits include placements with the Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizon and producing organizations of Broadway's Hairspray, Rent and Fiddler on the Roof.
Many Marist graduates are working theatre professionals, with credits ranging from Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, regional Equity theatres and children's theatre companies. Many pursue production careers in media, television and film, with recent employment at Sesame Street Workshop, Good Morning America and MTV/VH-1. The majority of alumni are using their skills learned in the practice of theatre in an array of career paths, including teaching, publishing, law, business, journalism, public relations and government, to name a few.
River Valley Rep is a professional theatre company in summer residence at Marist College, providing a season of contemporary musicals and comedies in the Nelly Goletti Theatre. RVR works in agreement with Actors' Equity Association and has an active college intern program available to Marist students.