Program Overview

Program Overview
The Bacchae, May 2012

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.

We encourage students to be cross-disciplinary thinkers and makers, who explore the intersection of theater and performance with dance, music, the visual arts, film, and literature, as well as the sciences and humanities. In addition to a faculty of leading professional theater and performance artists, students work side by side with a wide range of visiting artists from this country and aboard, who bring a global perspective of cutting-edge theater and performance to Bard’s campus.