All the world's a stage

About Theatre at Keuka College

The theatre minor combines studio and hands-on courses in acting, directing, and production with a grounding in the history of drama and theatre. It will enhance a wide range of majors and future professions by helping you learn self expression, body language, adaptation, improvisation, interpersonal communication, group problem solving, and strong public speaking skills.

Theatre Program Highlights


Whether you want to be in the spotlight or designing the lights, you’ll be able to experience all aspects of theatre.

Historical Perspective

Read and perform plays from the masters alongside new, critically-acclaimed shows.

Award-Winning Program

Keuka College’s theatre program produces award-winning students.

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Program Overview

When you choose to take on a theatre minor, you receive hands-on experience performing, producing, and analyzing theatre. You’ll learn to work as an intrinsic part of a group as well as communicate verbally, kinesthetically, and in writing.

You’ll develop your organizational and interpersonal skills as well as your creativity. You’ll have many opportunities to be both onstage and behind the curtain and will gain invaluable communication and speaking skills that will help you succeed in any career.

In addition to being creative on and off the stage, you’ll also learn about the history of theatre and drama, from Greek tragedy to Shakespeare to Sondheim. There’s something for everyone in this playful minor.

Program Requirements

Digital Literacy

Theatre is greatly enhanced by digital learning. Modern-day dramaturges are able to do research on their plays with the entire Internet at their fingertips; set, costume, make-up, and hair designers are able to use technology to enhance their craft; and actors have access to programs and apps that make memorization easier.

Global Education

Theatre is one of the most universal experiences in the world. You will study plays from a variety of areas and playwrights who represent many different demographics.


The Keuka College Red Barn Theatre is one of the most distinctive buildings on campus, and everyone who spends time in the building grows to love its unique charms.


The Keuka College Arion Players Drama Club is available for those who just can’t get enough theatre. The group has presented 24-Hour Play Festivals, Fine Arts Night (a talent show/open mic night), Who’d Pay a Dollar to See This Anyway?! (our take on the popular improvisation show Whose Line is it Anyway?), and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend regional theatre festivals and productions.

Award Opportunities

When you participate in the fall or spring production, you have the opportunity to be considered for awards from the responding theatre organization. Keuka College students and professors have won awards from the Theatre Association of New York State and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Previous Performances

 (Under direction of Professor Mark Wenderlich)

  • Lone Star by James McClure
  • Laundry and Bourbon by James McClure
  • The 20th Century by Willis, Y. York (et al)
  • The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
  • Waiting for Godotby Samuel Beckett [TANYS Festival invitee]
  • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
  • Extremities by William Mastrosimone
  • Snow White and the Eight Dwarves by Jenna Drmacich
  • Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music by Lee Blessing
  • The Insect Comedy by Carl Capek
  • Divine Right by John Morrison
  • Amends by Marsha Lee Sheiness[world premiere]
  • The Betrothed by Flaminio Scala
  • Woofer, the Psychic Dog, the Musical! by Lonergan, Pugliese, Willis /Keyes [world premiere]
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Shannon Doyle Incident by John Morrison [student written, world premiere]
  • The Foreigner by Larry Shue
  • Jake’s Women by Neil Simon
  • Ellen Universe Joins the Band by David Rush
  • Equusby Peter Shaffer
  • The Nerd by Larry Shue
  • The Dining Room by A. R. Gurney
  • Blythe Spirit by Noel Coward
  • How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
  • Sylvia by A. R. Gurney
  • The Laramie Project by MoisésKaufman
  • Play It Again Sam by Woody Allen
  • All in the Timing by David Ives [TANYS Festival invitee]
  • Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
  • Fat Pig by Neil LaBute
  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariotby Stephen Adly Guirgis
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Shevelove, Gelbart, & Sondheim
  • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball
  • Proof by David Auburn [KCACTF scene invitee]
  • Miss Witherspoon by Christopher Durang[KCACTF full production invitee]
  • Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
  • Rabbit by Nina Raine
  • Book of Days by Lanford Wilson [KCACTF scene invitee]
  • The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde [KCACTF scene invitee]
  • Almost, Maine by John Cariani
  • Oscar and Felix by Neil Simon [KCACTF scene invitee]
  • The New York Idea by Langdon Mitchell, updated by David Auburn
  • The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry [KCACTF scene invitee]
  • The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig
  • The School For Lies by David Ives [KCACTF scene invitee]
  • All My Sons by Arthur Miller


Professor Mark Wenderlich

  • Keuka College Merit Award
  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Stage Direction - Of Mice and Men
  • TANYS - Meritorious Achievement in Directing the Theatre - Fat Pig
  • National Finalist University/Resident TheatreAssociation in Lighting Design and Technical Direction
  • Regional Finalist University/Resident TheatreAssociation in Acting
  • TANYS - Merit Award for Design and Projections - How I Learned to Drive (along with Dan Roach)
  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Production Concept - Miss Witherspoon

Dan Roach

  • TANYS Merit Award - Outstanding Projection Design - How I Learned to Drive
  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Designing the Computer Graphics - Miss Witherspoon

Shelley Peterson ‘99

  • KCACTF Region II - Meritorious Achievement Award for Acting - Amends

The Cast of Woofer, the Psychic Dog, the Musical!

  • TANYS Certificate of Merit - Accepting the Challenge of Presenting a New Musical

Sarah Mucenski

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Student Choreography - Woofer, the Psychic Dog, the Musical!

Aubrey Bastian‘00

  • KCACTF Region II - Honorable Mention - Outstanding Performance - The Shannon Doyle Incident

Lynn Henderson ‘02

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Stage Management - August Snow

Tiffany Jackson

  • TANYS Merit Award - Excellence in Acting for her portrayal of Sylvia - Sylvia

Patrick Alf ‘06

  • TANYS Merit Award - Meritorious Achievement in Acting for his portrayal of Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie - Sylvia

Liz Rice ‘07

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Character Development - Fat Pig

Robert Gunn ‘09

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Projections Operating - Miss Witherspoon

Kelsey R. Marquart‘12

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Stage Managing - Miss Witherspoon

Meghan Russell ‘09

  • KCACTF Region II - Distinguished Achievement in Performance as Maryamma- Miss Witherspoon

Dustin Schultz ‘10

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Light Board Operating - Miss Witherspoon

Danica Zielinksi‘13

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Set Design - Book of Days

Jacob Banas‘15

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Costume Design - Oscar and Felix

Marissa Rogers ‘17

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Period Hair Design - The New York Idea
  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Hair and Make-up Design - The School for Lies

Amelia Gonnella‘18

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Stage Management - The Lady’s Not for Burning

Amelia Johnson ‘19

  • KCACTF Region II - Certificate of Merit for Properties/Design Master - The School for Lies

Arion Players Drama Club

  • New Program of the Year Award - Mrs Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge
  • Helping Hand Award
  • Most Improved Club Award
  • KCACTF Fringe Winners 2013

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