Bard College’s Theater & Performance Program offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts-based approach to the making and study of theater and performance. The practice of integrity and respect for the form, self, and the community are central to our work as faculty and students. We strive to deepen and strengthen these commitments through analytical study, rehearsal and creation processes. Invested in a culture of responsibility, we reject white supremacy and work against the exclusionary ways that Eurocentrism and patriarchy have shaped theater education. We aim to explore and celebrate the diversity of the U.S. and the world. We encourage ongoing self-inquiry, exploration of form and content, originality, imagination, and dedication to hard work in pursuit of excellence.
Theater and Performance News
The Theater & Performance Program's Fall Work-in-Progress Festival, November 17–19, 2023, will present excerpts, drafts, and in-process performances from the 2023–2024 senior cohort. Collaboratively created and supported by peers, Senior Project Colloquium, advisors, and Fisher Center staff, the festival is a space of process, evolution, and artistic discovery. Open to the T&P community and invited guests.
Theater in Action
Bard Summer Theater Intensive in Berlin
The essence of the program is the creative engagement between our students and a wide variety of multidisciplinary 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.
A Place for Bold, Exciting Work by Students
Bard College students have a long history of creating fresh, original productions on campus. The Bard Musical Theater Company, POC Theater Ensemble, and Bard Bards are just a few of the student clubs dedicated to theater and performance. The Old Gym is Bard's student-run performance space, used by theater artists, dancers, musicians, and visual artists.