About The Department of Drama

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The Department of Drama in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA) offers conservatory-style training combined with a level of integration with a professional theatre company that is unparalleled among undergraduate programs. Each season Syracuse Stage and SU Drama co-produce a show, and during that process students have the opportunity to work with professional actors, directors and designers, and earn points toward membership in Actors' Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. Information on the current season can also be found on the SU:VPA website.

Current Season


IMG_7526 Ezekiel Edmonds (Guido) and Sťamus Gailor (Little Guido) in the Syracuse University Department of Drama production, Nine. Photo by Mike Davis.


Book by Arthur Kopit | Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston | Adaptation from the Italian by Mario Fratti (Based on Fellini’s 8 ½) | Directed and Choreographed by Anthony Salatino | Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet | Performed in the Archbold Theatre

September 30 – October 8 | Opening Night: October 1

Based on Federico Fellini’s famous film 8 ½, this spectacular musical delighted Broadway theatergoers in 1982 and in a hit revival in 2003. Celebrated film director Guido Contini is suffering from a creative block and is having trouble with the women in his life—his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his producer. As he attempts to develop a script and untangle his complicated relationships, Guido looks back on his life and finds the inspiration he needs: his next movie will be a musical version of the Casanova story.  Fantasy, comedy, a delightful score, and romance mix together in this lush musical. 


9/30: 8 pm, 10/1: 8 pm, 10/2: 2 pm, 10/5: 8 pm, 10/6: 8 pm, 10/7: 8 pm, 10/8: 2 pm


Laura and the Sea

By Kate Tarker | Directed by Katherine McGerr

November 4 – 13 | Opening Night: November 5

Join us for a first look at a new play by a fresh new voice in the American Theater. It’s company outing day, and Laura, one of the top travel agents of her generation, is having the best/worst day of her life—so much so that she decides to end it all. Afterwards, her colleagues try to piece things together on a memorial blog, but how do you mourn someone you didn’t know that well? Laura and the Sea is many things: a comedy about depression, a meditation on human connection in the digital age, and a treatise on travel agents who don’t travel.


11/4: 8 pm, 11/5: 8 pm, 11/6: 2 pm, 11/9: 8 pm, 11/10: 8 pm, 11/11: 8 pm,
11/12: 2 pm & 8 pm, 11/13: 2 pm



Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins

A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film | Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman | Book by Julian Fellowes | New Songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe | Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh | Directed by Peter Amster | Choreography by Anthony Salatino | Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet | Co-produced with Syracuse Stage | Performed in the Archbold Theatre

November 26 – January 8 | Opening Night: December 2

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! The sound of it may be atrocious but it is synonymous with this beloved family musical. The Banks children, Jane and Michael, have been positively beastly to a series of nannies. Enter (from above) Mary Poppins with her magic tricks and common sense know-how to charm children and grown-ups alike and remind them and us how important they are to each other. Winner of multiple Tony Awards, Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stage magic.


The King Stag

By Carlo Gozzi | English version by Albert Bermel | Directed by Felix Ivanov

February 17 – 26 | Opening Night: February 18

One of the best known plays of the Commedia del’Arte form, Gozzi’s magical tale brings to life King Deramo, his faithful wife Angela, his treacherous prime minister Tartaglia, several hare-brained members of his court, a magician, a parrot, magical stags, and a giant bear. A fairy tale for all ages, The King Stag captures the sheer fun and bracing physicality of the Italian comic tradition.


2/17: 8 pm, 2/18: 8 pm, 2/19: 2 pm, 2/22: 8 pm, 2/23: 8 pm, 2/24: 8 pm,
2/25: 2 pm & 8 pm, 2/26: 2 pm


Major Barbara

By George Bernard Shaw | Directed by Gerardine Clark

March 31 – April 9 | Opening Night: April 1

Major Barbara presents Shaw at his provocative, powerful, and astonishingly funny best. Andrew Undershaft is a highly successful arms manufacturer. His estranged daughter Barbara has devoted her life to saving souls with the Salvation Army. When Andrew’s wife and Barbara’s mother, the formidable Lady Britomart, reunites father and daughter, she initiates a battle of wills and wits that has each convinced the other can be converted. Right, wrong, good, evil, moral, or immoral—it all gets turned topsy-turvy when Shaw sets his characters in motion. 


3/31: 8 pm, 4/1: 8 pm, 4/2: 2 pm, 4/5: 8 pm, 4/6: 8 pm, 4/7: 8 pm, 4/8: 2 pm & 8 pm,
4/9 2 pm



Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill:

A Musical Voyage

Music by Kurt Weill | Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Michael Feingold, Ogden Nash, Maxwell Andersen, Marc Blitzstein, Jacques Deval, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, George Tabori, and Arnold Weinstein | Text Format by Gene Lerner | Musical Arrangements by Newton Wayland | Originally directed by Donald Saddler | Originally produced by Gene Lerner and Hank Kaufman | Directed by David Lowenstein | Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet

May 5 – 13 | Opening Night: May 6

In this review style musical, Kurt Weill’s greatest theater songs are presented in a fluid blend of music and story spanning 20 eventful years, from 1930s Germany to 1950s America.  Climb aboard the musical vessel that is Kurt Weill’s rise to international acclaim as his world travels are described with engaging narration surrounded by songs from his most noteworthy works. The Threepenny Opera, Knickerbocker Holiday, and Lost In The Stars are among more than a dozen Weill pieces referenced as the composer’s partnerships, musical and romantic, are explored. An intoxicating retrospective and a joyous and moving celebration of one of the most extraordinary composers of the 20th century.


5/5: 8 pm, 5/6: 8 pm, 5/7: 2 pm, 5/10: 8 pm, 5/11: 8 pm, 5/12: 8 pm, 5/13: 2 pm


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