Creating Vivid Stories Onstage and Beyond
As the home of the English Department, the Creative Writing minor, and the Marist Theatre Program, the
School of Liberal Arts serves as a hub of creative activity on campus. In collaboration with colleagues and
students in the School of Communication and the Arts, the SLA provides students with a wide range of
extracurricular, academic, and pre-professional venues in which to pursue their artistic interests.
At the College, creative work provides opportunities not just
for self-expression, but for student leadership. An influential
artistic presence on campus is the Literary Arts Society, which
holds an annual poetry slam, publishes the Mosaic literary
magazine, and hosts lively events throughout the semester.
Sigma Tau Delta, the College's branch of the national English
honor society, often co-hosts these events and also provides
students with the chance to present their work at the society's
For those with an interest in the performing arts, the Marist
College Club of Theatre Arts is a student-run organization
boasting a long and distinguished history. It typically stages
about five productions a year, both independently and in tandem
with the Marist Theatre Program, such as the Spring 2015
production of Godspell (pictured in rehearsal, below right).
Internships provide students with key experiences needed to pursue professions in creative fields. SLA
students regularly intern at fashion magazines, television networks, and theatre groups in New York City;
at publications and cultural institutions in the Mid-Hudson River Valley; and in various professional contexts
in study-abroad locations such as Dublin, London, and Madrid. Students also gain a great deal from working
collaboratively on honing their skills as editors, writers, and readers in a wide variety of courses, as in a Fall
2014 Capping course that published its own anthology addressing the history and future of the book itself
(as pictured below, left, students took part in bookbinding and papermaking as part of the class). The
of graduates such as Christi Sheehan '12, Amanda Mulvihill '10, and James Napoli '12 demonstrate the
professional opportunities opened up to students by such experiences.