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. Signature components of the Theatre Program include Theatre Scholarships for incoming freshman, Theatre minor, English major with Theatre concentration, Summer Pre-College Theatre Institute for high school students and Marist College Club of Theatre Arts (MCCTA).
The Theatre Program includes the aforementioned English major with a concentration in Theatre, Theatre minor, Theatre Scholarships, Summer Pre-College Theatre Institute, as well as theatre internships, Annual Theatre Hall of Fame & Alumni Reunion, and a varied season of performing/production opportunities. A host of theatre courses are offered each year, including Acting, Stagecraft, Directing and Playwriting.
Several theatre scholarships are available each year to incoming freshman. Theatre scholarships are renewable merit awards, and all students interested in studying theatre are eligible to apply.
Theatre Minor is a popular choice among students of several majors at Marist, including Media Studies & Production, Communication, Business Administration, Education, Political Science, Art & Art History, Psychology and English, to name a few.
Theatre courses strengthen highly sought-after professional business skills:
- Project development and management
- Interpersonal and oral communication
- Ability to set and articulate collaborative goals
- Project leadership and ability to meet defined deadlines
- Analytical and research skills
- Creative problem solving
- Flexibility and adaptability
On and off-campus internships for credit are available in theatre. On-campus academic-year internships include theatre administration (publicity, management, producing) and technical theatre/design. Previous off-campus internship placements include NYC’s Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizon, Sesame Street Workshop, Good Morning America, and MTV/VH-1, as well as the producing organizations of such Broadway shows as Hairspray, The Producers, Wicked, and Fiddler on the Roof. Students may choose from technical, administrative, or acting internships.
Recent theatre alumni have pursued a wide range of career paths, including Public Relations, Law, Counseling, Publishing, Human Resources, Marketing and Advertising, Business and Theatre Management, Broadcast Journalism, Sports Reporting, Film Production, and Film & Television Casting. Our students often pursue rigorous graduate study in theatre and film, with recent placements at Sarah Lawrence College, American Film Institute, New York University and Emerson College.
Marist College Club on Theatre Arts (MCCTA)
MCCTA (Marist College Club on Theatre Arts) is the college's student-run theatre organization. MCCTA is the college's oldest student club (1959) and one of its largest and most active. MCCTA produces several productions each year, including a musical, a comedy and a drama, an original play festival, dinner theatre, and a children's theatre production. Past campus productions include A Chorus Line, The Wedding Singer, Cabaret, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Angels in America, Noises Off, Our Town, Lysistrata, Macbeth, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Theatre Program Hall of Fame
The Marist College Theatre Hall of Fame honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the history of theatre at Marist College. The Theatre Hall of Fame provides an opportunity to honor contributors, while also inspiring current students to achieve excellence in theatre. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, alumni recipients must have been graduated for at least five years. Criteria include notable ability to collaborate, exceptional work ethic, commitment to quality and abundant participation in any variety of positions or leadership roles. Alumni achieving career success in theatre are also eligible for induction. Other candidates for nomination are faculty, staff or guest artists who have demonstrated long-standing service and dedication to theatre at Marist.
Nominations are solicited each year from alumni and members of the Marist community. The induction is held annually at the college during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. A Hall of Fame plaque listing members is on permanent display in the lobby of the theatre.
2017 Hall of Fame Class
- Bill Bozzone '76
- Jeanmarie Magrino Arnold '85
- Sara Taney Humphreys '92
- Amy Kate Byrne '09