Welcome to Theater & Performance
The Theater and Performance Program aims to develop innovative thinkers and artists, who use great theatrical ideas from the past and present to imagine and instigate the theater of the future. Theater and performance are intrinsically collaborative art forms, and collaboration and devised theater-making are at the heart of Bard’s program. The program trains well-rounded theater-makers, who study the history, theory, and contemporary practice of theater and performance, hone their technical abilities as writers, performers and directors, and create their own productions and performances under the mentorship of master artists and teachers.
video from recent department production of "The Kitchen"
Live Arts Bard
Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a laboratory for new performance at the College. Its aim is to develop a community of visiting artists and students who work side by side on creative projects.
Neil Gaiman Talks about Teaching at Bard College
Acclaimed author and Bard College professor in the arts Neil Gaiman discusses how he began to teach writing at Bard in the spring of 2013.
The essence of the program is the creative engagement between our students and a wide variety of multi-disciplinary artists working in theater and performance in Berlin. Students explore and develop a vocabulary of creation as each artist approaches the theme from a unique perspective consistent with his/her own artistic practice. Each week will culminate in devised work that will be critiqued in a rigorous but constructive way. Students will also work in groups to create a larger scale project over the four weeks of the program that will incorporate the discoveries made each week.
Bard Summer Theatre Intensive in Berlin