"For stagecraft and design, we can discuss flat building in the morning and then build flats that afternoon. The internship opportunities are also tremendous for theatre majors. Imagine spending a month with a professional company during the school year; that's your job and your class on the block plan ... we do it all the time."
-- Scott Olinger
Curriculum & Internships
Cornell theatre courses offer scholarly and experiential training in a wide range of theatre arts, including playwriting, acting, directing, stage management, costume design, scenery design, and lighting design. Our courses are taught by experienced and active theatre professionals, both from our own faculty and through our Guest Artist Program.
Cornell's One Course At A Time schedule enables a focused and intense workshop experience in our courses. It also allows us to offer special opportunities such as Contemporary Theatre, a topics course taught largely in New York that engages students with a wide variety of theatre ranging from Broadway productions to small experimental shows.
We strongly encourage students to pursue internships in performance, production, arts management, and other areas. Our students benefit from relationships with Iowa City's Riverside Theatre, Colorado's Creede Reperatory Theatre, the Chicago Arts Semester, and other programs.
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The department offers a number of courses in communications studies that allow students to develop skills in public speaking, critical listening, presentations, and leadership. Students frequently create special studies majors that combine courses in communications studies into interdisciplinary programs of their own design. Read more about communication studies