The curriculum, redesigned in 2008, is geared both to the student who aims for a professional career and to the integration of theatre studies within a liberal-arts education. Students wishing to major or minor in theatre first complete a core of theatre arts courses (including study of theatre history and dramatic literature) and then select either Performance or Production as an area of specialization.
The Elmira College Theatre program offers five major productions annually in two theatres. The Gibson Theatre features proscenium stage and a 440-seat auditorium. The Watson Arena is a flexible performing space permitting thrust, arena, and environmental staging that stresses the development of new talent and serves as a laboratory for student directors.
Elmira College Theatre alumni are working professionally as actors, directors, stage managers, designers, and technicians from Broadway to all corners of the country. Current theatre students' professional internships range from those as close as the Clemens Center in downtown Elmira to as distant as Orlando's Disney World and the nation's film capital, Hollywood. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate study in prestigious theatre
schools like Boston University and
Wayne State University.