• The Bed Show

    The Bed Show (Photo: The Bed Show)
  • Moby Dick Rehearsed (2013)

    Moby Dick Rehearsed (2013) (Photo: Moby Dick Rehearsed)
  • The Last Days of Mankind (2014)

    The Last Days of Mankind (2014) (Photo: The Last Days of Mankind)
  • The Bacchae (2013)

    The Bacchae (2013) (Photo: The Bacchae)
  • Iphigenia Among the Taurians

    Iphigenia Among the Taurians (Photo: Iphigenia Among the Taurians)
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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.

The Kitchen

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.

Bard Summer Theatre Intensive in Berlin

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.