Theatre program

Beyond HWS

The Theatre Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges features a rich curriculum, complemented by an exciting production season. Students majoring or minoring in Theatre take a variety of courses in performance, production, theatre history / theory / literature, and theatre of/for social change. This cross-curricular approach provides students with richly diverse perspectives that are useful in a variety of professional fields.

Recent graduates have gone on to work at high-profile regional theatres including Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre (DC), Portland Stage Company, Children’s Theatre Company, Climb Theatre, Hilberry Theatre Company, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. HWS Theatre students have also gone on to pursue careers in fields like Theatre, Non-Profit Management, Development and Fundraising, Law, Nursing, Communications, and Education. In addition to their professional careers, many of our graduates go on to earn graduate degrees in Theatre including Acting, Arts Administration, and Theatre History.



HWS Theatre students have garnered national recognition for their theatre history scholarship. In the past several years, a number of HWS theatre students have earned a spot on the Mid-America Theatre Conference Emerging Scholars Undergraduate Panel or won the Southeastern Theatre Conference Young Scholars Award. Recent winners include:


Gary DeWitt Marshall '89

Actor and Comedian

Gary DeWitt Marshall '89

"At HWS, I earned my degree in sociology and was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After graduation, I attended the University of Albany where I was introduced to professional theatre and since that time I have performed locally, nationally and internationally."


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