The Theatre Department at Alfred University aims to provide its students with balanced, inspired learning experiences anchored in well-rounded knowledge acquired through courses and practical production experiences within the collaborative “theatre arts. We continue a tradition of dedication to producing high quality work in all areas of the theatre craft/experience. Open to all students, majors and non-majors alike, the Alfred Theatre learning experience integrates theory with a focused development of skills, techniques, and artful expression. Students acquire in-depth understanding of theatre’s many components and how they work together. Areas of concentration can include acting, directing, stage management and arts administration. A minor in Performance Design and Technology covers all aspects of design, costume/scenic construction, painting, and technical theatre.Theatre students also may collaborate actively with music, dance, and the visual arts and benefit from our dedication to the holistic approach to a liberal arts education. The Theatre Department is an active member of ACTF and USITT which provides students with opportunities to be involved with theatre at a national and international level. Our goal is to provide students with a solid foundation in order to succeed in graduate school or as professionals and to be life-long artists, technicians and learners as they explore and engage with the world around them.
Alfred University has sent numerous "invited scenes," several student designers, and invited productions to the KCACTF Region 2 Theatre Festival, including Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in the Spring of 2014 and "Widows" by Ariel Dorfman in the Fall of 2009. In Spring of 2014, Allison Burrell, costume designer for 'Almost, Maine' a spring 2013 production, presented her designs and was selected to go on to Nationals in Washington DC. Region 2 encompasses New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. Productions are nominated by ACTF observers and selected by a committee. To have four productions selected in 10 years is a strong statement of the quality of the program offered.
The major includes a complete and comprehensive selection of courses with elective in music, dance, and related areas.