The Theatre Program is dedicated to the spirit of collaboration, working together to create art and produce works that are transformative for the artist and the human spirit. Our liberal arts curriculum allows students to view the world through a theatrical lens while developing skills that are vital for life. Marist’s location to New York City provides students with the opportunity to experience professional theatre and complete various internships. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of study abroad, exploring the arts in international settings.
Marist College offers a major in English with a concentration in Theatre. Students take a combination of Acting I, Stagecraft, Acting II, Global Drama, Directing, Playwriting, Acting III, Shakespeare, and electives in related fields. The goal of the major is two-fold: to train students in the practical aspects of theatre while developing skills that can be applied to a host of career paths. Our graduates pursue careers in law, marketing, business, publishing, television, advertising, human resources, education, writing, and casting, to name a few.
Marist offers a popular minor in Theatre. Students come from a variety of majors including Communication, Business, Film-Television-Gaming & Interactive Media, Education, Political Science, Art & Digital Media, Psychology, Fashion and English. Theatre courses teach valuable skills in project management, team leadership, interpersonal communication, creative problem solving, time management, multi-tasking and defining collaborative goals.
$2,000.00 renewable awards applied to tuition are available to incoming freshmen interested in studying theatre. Students on Theatre Scholarship declare either a Theatre minor or an English major with a Theatre concentration. See the Theatre Scholarship page for more information.
Theatre internships in arts administration and production are available at a variety of locations. Previous off-campus placements in NYC include Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizon, Sesame Street Workshop, Good Morning America, Tara Rubin Casting, and Boneua/Bryan-Brown Press Agency, as well as the producing organizations of several Broadway shows.
Marist College Club of Theatre Arts (MCCTA) is the college's student-run theatre organization, producing a variety of shows each year. Mainstage productions are in collaboration with the Theatre Program, while smaller productions are student-produced. Past mainstage shows include Chicago, A Chorus Line, The Crucible, Macbeth, Angels in America, Cabaret, Hello Dolly, Noises Off, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.