The Cornell theatre program combines two features that are rarely found in the same institution: a rigorous pre-professional training regimen in a dedicated liberal arts context. Accordingly, we are able to serve two different constituencies – both the serious theatre student, preparing in a focused way for the profession and/or for graduate education, and the traditional liberal arts student, committed to exploring the range of human knowledge and activity.
The Cornell theatre program is truly distinctive in a number of ways:
- We enjoy exceptional facilities, with two new and well-equipped theatre spaces.
- Each member of our faculty and staff is a working professional as well as an academic.
- We routinely bring gifted guest artists and professional practitioners to campus to work with our students.
- We enjoy a special relationship with a nearby regional theatre ( Iowa City's Riverside Theatre) that affords unusual opportunities to our students.
- We are able to devise highly individualized programs of study and useful internships for qualified students.
- We have a commitment to the development of new work and to relevant, stimulating programming.
- While classes are taught within Cornell’s One Course At A Time schedule, production work is undertaken with a more traditional schedule, offering the best of both worlds to theatre students.
- We approach all of our work with unusual passion and energy.
The 2011 Princeton Review ranked Cornell's theatre department 15th in the nation, up one place from 2010.