When we “get into the skin” of another human being (in life or in theater), we learn something both about the other person and about ourselves.
In Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
, when Perdita puts on a costume for a festival, she says: “Sure, this robe of mine / Does change my disposition.” Playing a role transforms her, even after the festival is over. By studying and making theater, Colgate students act out a variety of perspectives on the world in order to better understand it.
Theater sharpens logic and intuition, and personalizes knowledge through the practice of patience and empathy. By teaching students to act, direct, design, and write for the theater, our courses develop skills in leadership and collaboration that apply to any field of endeavor. Theater students learn to problem solve and self-start through immersion in the challenging, unpredictable, and exhilarating reversals of the creative process.
MORE ABOUT MAJOR AND MINOR
The theater department offers both a major and a minor in theater
Paul Hackenmueller Credits (Lighting Designer)
From March 23 - 30, 2017, The Department of Theater hosted Paul. Students, faculty, and the Spring Production, Rhinoceros, all benefitted from his contributions.
Theater & Opera
The Santa Fe Opera: The Golden Cockerel Opera Philadelphia: Carmen, La Traviata Bucharest National Opera: La Traviata The Dallas Opera: Becoming Santa (World Premiere), The Golden Cockerel Gotham Chamber Opera: Baden Baden 1927 Boston Lyric Opera: Werther, I Puritani, Tosca Pittsburgh Opera: Rodelinda Opera Omaha: La Boheme, Tosca Opera Colorado: Romeo & Juliet, Rusalka Minnesota Opera: Rusalka Palm Beach Opera: Orfeo et Euridice. Broadway: (Assoc) Disgraced, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Superfly, the new musical, Fela!, Desire Under the Elms, A Bronx Tale, Mauritius, The Frogs, Aida, and Martin Guerre. The Guthrie Theater: Confluence, An Evening of One Acts, Short Stories, An Evening of Short Plays, Seven Eleven, I Keep Walking on Sinking Sand, A Long Walk Syracuse Stage: Caroline or Change GEVA: A Christmas Carol Alliance Theater: Ghost Brother’s of Darkland County, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Associate) Merrimack Repertory Theater: God of Carnage, Tally’s Folly, Fabuloso, Mrs. Whitney, Half ‘n Half ‘n Half, Homestead Crossing Juilliard School: John Barton’s The Greeks: Part One Children’s Theater Company: The Sneetches, The Wizard of Oz Perseverance Theater: Treasure Island, Skin of our Teeth Berkshire Theater Group: Same Time Next Year, No Wake, Finian’s Rainbow, Homestead Crossing Portland Stage: Homestead Crossing McCarter Theater Center / Princeton University: Troy: After & Before People’s Light & Theater Company: Sleeping Beauty, Biloxi Blues, Tale of Two Cities, Cinderella, Treasure Island: A Musical Panto, Twelfth Night Theater Latte Da: Parade Off-Broadway: Happy Birthday, TACT; Cloud Tectonics, Culture Project; Walk Two Moons, Lortel; Jump/Rope, Square Peg Productions; Peter Pan, The Great American War Machine, Irondale Ensemble; Carrie, PS122.
Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Bruno Mars, Norah Jones, Courtyard Hounds, Tony Bennett, Beyonce, John Legend, James Taylor, Alison Kraus, No Doubt, Taylor Swift, B.O.B., Pearl Jam, Faith Hill, Matisyahu, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Luke Bryan, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Lionel Ritchie, Jon McLaughlin, Billy Ray Cyrus, K’naan, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Hudson, Jackie Evancho, Gloria Estefan, & The Fray.
Target Stores, Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Starkey Inc., Helms Briscoe, & Cargill.
Training: M.F.A. New York University Tisch School of the Arts; B.A. University of Minnesota