About The Department of Drama

The Department of Drama in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA) offers conservatory-style training combined with a level of integration with a professional theatre company that is unparalleled among undergraduate programs. Each season Syracuse Stage and the Department of Drama co-produce a show, and during that process students have the opportunity to work with professional actors, directors and designers, and earn points toward membership in Actors' Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers.

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2021/2022 Season

In Love and Warcraft 


By Madhuri Shekar

Directed by Matthew Winning

November 12 – 20

Opening Night: November 13


In this contemporary take on rom-com, Evie Malone - gamer, college senior, and confirmed virgin - has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend; she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who’ve screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It’s all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks. That’s what she thinks until she actually falls for a guy. No amount of gaming expertise will help her navigate the challenges of a relationship with a non-virtual and totally real boyfriend.


Matilda the Musical*


Book by Dennis Kelly

Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl

Directed by Donna Drake

Music Direction by Brian Cimmet

Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith

Co-produced with Syracuse Stage

November 19 – January 2

Opening Night: November 26


Children (and grownups) of the world rejoice. Matilda is here at last. This Tony Award-winning musical is a captivating treat that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. (There’s also a gloriously vile villain, Miss Trunchbull.) Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and featuring an unforgettable a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic power, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp.


*Drama subscribers will receive vouchers redeemable for tickets to Matilda the Musical.




By Ike Holter 

Directed by Terrence I Mosley

February 18 -27

Opening Night: February 19


In this witty and razor sharp play, Ike Holter takes aim at a small group of millennial friends who are trying to move past childhood and nights of drunken revelry to contend with the demands of adulthood. All are thrown for an unexpected loop when one friend, presumed long dead, suddenly turns up very much alive. Part of Holter’s series of plays set in a fictional neighborhood in Chicago, Sender asks, in this day and age, what does growing up mean and is it even desirable.

This production of Ike Holter’s Sender contains adult language and themes. There is also a brief moment of nudity.




By William Shakespeare

In a Modern Verse Translation by Andrea Thome

Commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and now part of the “Play On Shakespeare” project

Directed by Christine Albright-Tufts

March 25 – April 3

Opening Night: March 26


In a world defined by an oppressive patriarchy, what power does a daughter have to thrive and follow her dreams? Trapped in a kingdom, with a father who treats her like property, a wicked stepmother out to kill her, and a husband who’s fallen prey to the misogynist machinations of a deplorable villain, what is Princess Imogen to do? In the footsteps of Shakespearean heroines before her, she swaps the skirt for pants and ventures into the unknown on a perilous journey of self-discovery. In this fantastical work from the zenith of Shakespeare’s talent, the improbable becomes probable as kind strangers, dastardly bad guys, battles, gods, and long-lost family pave the wild road to forgiveness and happily ever after.


As You Like It

A musical adaptation
Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery
Music and lyrics by Shaina Taub
For the Public Works Program of the Public Theater
Directed by Rodney Hudson
Music Directon by Brian Cimmet
Choreography by Felipe Panama

April 29 – May 8
Opening Night: April 30


A ravishing new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic story of chance encounters and self-discovery. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Featuring an original folk-pop score by Shaina Taub, As You Like It is an immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise.


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Directed by Ricky Pak

Fall 2021


Id is an original devised performance exploring the theme of Identity developed by the ensemble of creators. Working from a basis of Moment Work, a method of devised theater created by the Tectonic Theater Project, along with the guidance of network television writer Teresa Huang, and in collaboration with the Orange TV Network, Id will be an anthology-style web series of short stand-alone pieces.




New Works, New Voices 

March 1  6, 2022


A new initiative at the Department of Drama, New Works, New Voices (NWNV) supports the development of musicals by writers and composers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon. One new musical will be selected from submissions for development in spring 2022, providing an exciting opportunity for Drama students to collaborate with a professional writing team in residence.  



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