Department of Theatre and Dance

Fredonia has the most comprehensive selection of theatrical degree programs in the SUNY system. With Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatrical Production and Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, no other SUNY can offer the range of experiences or opportunities that Fredonia does. The State University of New York is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Welcome to The Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia!

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2022-2023 Program Auditions and Information

All audition/interview dates below for Fredonia's Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs (Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatrical Production and Design) will take place both in person and remotely.

Audition Information     ApplicatIon Information

The deadline to submit pre-screening materials for the BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre programs is February 18th, 2023.  Students whose pre-screening is successful will be invited to attend a virtual live audition on one of the dates listed below.  Fredonia is a participant in the Musical Theatre Common Pre-Screen for the 2022-2023 cycle. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting                                                          Apply Now!

  • Saturday, November 5th, 2022
  • Saturday, February 4th, 2023 
  • Saturday, February 25th, 2023
  • Saturday, March 25th, 2023

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance                                                           Apply Now!

  • Saturday, November 5th, 2022
  • Saturday, February 4th, 2023 
  • Saturday, February 25th, 2023
  • Saturday, March 25th, 2023

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Musical Theatre                                        Apply Now!

  • Saturday, November 5th, 2022 
  • Saturday, January 28th, 2023
  • Saturday, February 4th, 2023
  • Saturday, February 11th, 2023
  • Saturday, February 25th, 2023
  • Saturday, March 25th, 2023

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Theatrical Production & Design           Apply Now!

  • Saturday, November 5th, 2022  CLOSED
  • Saturday, February 4th, 2023  CLOSED
  • Saturday, February 25th, 2023 
  • Saturday, March 25th, 2023

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Interested in a great education? Interested in Theatre and Dance? You just found it at Fredonia! Please explore our website, check out the programs we offer, and apply for an audition!

TADA to Students Statement 5/15/2022

Students, Faculty, Staff and our Community,

The department of Theatre and Dance echoes the statements of President Kolison. FredoniaU 

We are deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred in Buffalo on May 14, 2022.   We disavow racism in all forms. Should a student need any support, they should reach out to the resources listed in the President’s message.

Thank you to the departments diversity committee for crafting this statement.

Todd Proffitt
Interim Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance

Land Acknowledgement 5/12/2021

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the State University of New York at Fredonia acknowledges the land we teach, learn and perform on daily is the stolen land of the territory of the Erie People, with connections to the Mississauga and the Onodowa’ga (Seneca) people members of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy (Iroquois).

In order to repair some of the damage connected to the stealing of native lands by forced removal and genocide for financial gain, we would like to acknowledge the original stewards of the land that we currently are standing on: the thousands of people who once called this place home, and no longer do so.  We feel, as storytellers, that it is important to start from a truthful place, and therefore feel it necessary to pass on the authentic story of this land.  Part of storytelling is the act of considering, and therefore we encourage all to pause and utilize the following resources in order to become more aware of local tribes, and utilize the resources provided below.  

To learn more about the native tribes who were the stewards of the lands the people of the United States inhabit visit this map: 

Black Lives Matter Statement 3/29/2021

The Faculty and Staff of the Department of Theatre & Dance apologize for being extremely late to state outright that Black Lives Matter. We take responsibility for not being at the forefront of this important discussion. We will do better. 

Our privileged position as a group of predominantly white individuals who benefit from the hetero-patriarchal systems of white supremacy and anti-blackness has caused us to falter in taking full responsibility to speak out more quickly. We apologize for the harm this has caused to students in our Department and are committed to repairing this mistake. 

We support Black Lives Matter. We unequivocally denounce anti-blackness and white supremacy. We condemn the devaluing of Black lives. We condemn the systemic brutality, violence, and racist policies that have taken the lives of countless Black individuals in our society. We acknowledge we cannot comprehend the suffering that 400 years of violence and oppression towards African American and Black people in the United States has caused these communities. We will move forward in solidarity to create a better future. The Department of Theatre & Dance sees, hears, and stands with students, artists, scholars, and members of the Black community, and their allies and will actively work in order to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusionary environment. We commit to work towards racial equity and restorative justice through our curricular content, productions, policies, and building an anti-racist Departmental culture.

TADA AAPI Statement 3/23/2021

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the State University of New York at Fredonia condemns the violent murders of Daoyou Feng 冯道友, Hyun Jung Grant [김]현정, Sun Cha Kim 김선자, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park 박순정, Xiaojie Tan 谭小洁, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Ae Yue 유영애. 

We  acknowledge this was a targeted hate attack towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and women. As we do the work to create an Anti-Racist theater and dance community, we feel it is important to condem this event, offer support to those negatively affected, and continue to educate ourselves.  

We stand in solidarity with the statement made by The State University of New York and the City University of New York, available below.

We acknowledge that students, faculty, staff, and our broader community may need support or resources after this episode of targeted violence, and would like to offer:

Being a good ally requires us to make more than a statement. The Department of Theatre & Dance urges all members of our community to become active and stand with, support, and fight to end violence towards AAPI and women.

TADA to Students Statement 6/3/2020

Message on behalf of the Department of Theatre and Dance from Associate Professor of Dance Sam Kenney, Chair.

Dear Students,
We, the faculty and staff Department of Theatre and Dance at the State University of New York at Fredonia:

  • Condemn the violence and oppression inflicted disproportionately on BIPOC communities;
  • Denounce all acts of racism, oppression, or discrimination of any kind;
  • Share the sadness, anger, frustration, and despair stemming from the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd and countless other victims of institutionalized racism;
  • Recognize that racism is, sadly, woven into the fabric of our nation, and that systemic change is necessary to eradicate it;
  • Recognize that systemic change cannot take place without education and awareness;
  • Commit to continually expanding our understanding of the needs of our BIPOC students through active listening and open communication;
  • Seek to foster a safe creative community in which our BIPOC students are seen, heard, respected, and valued;
  • Commit to examining our policies, procedures, practices, and curricula for the purpose of eliminating any and all microaggressive language, no matter how subtle;
  • Stand in solidarity with all who seek to bring an end to racism, violence, injustice, and inequality by peaceful means, and with all people of color, everywhere.
  • Encourage our students to use their unique artistic voices to affect change.

Black lives matter. You are not alone. You are seen, you are heard, you are valued, you are loved - and we stand with you.
The TADA Faculty & Staff

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