About Theatre & Speech

Get a strong liberal arts background combined with intensive training in theater, particularly musical theater, through classes and public performances. By combining theory and practice, we foster leadership, a sense of community, artistic integrity, intellectual expertise, and the best professional values to serve you in your chosen profession.

We'll train you in acting, musical theater performance, dance, design, technology and management, as well as directing. There are plenty of opportunities to perform in our own Main Stage theater, Stage One studio theater, and student-run productions. And of course Broadway and the rich theatrical offerings of New York City surround us.

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Musical Theater Performance

An intensive and highly focused course in learning how to act a song. The objective of this course is to teach students to perform musical theater literature with a strong emotional connection

Stage Management

This course provides concentrated Stage Management training. The student will study organizational models for professional and nonprofessional theaters, organizational strategies to aid the performance of stage management duties, and the care and development of the production and personnel.

The Professional Actor

A continuation of the first three years of Acting Techniques with an emphasis on the business end of theater, auditioning material and tools, including pictures and resumes, union affiliation, agents and contracts.

Beyond the Classroom

Alumni of Note

  • Randy Graff '76
  • Janine LaManna '88
  • Kathy Brier '97
  • Bret Shuford '01
  • Scott Barnhardt '01
  • Christina DeCicco '02

Main Stage Productions

  • Into the Woods
  • So Let Us Go On: A Celebration of Dance
  • On the 20th Century
  • Cabaret

Wagner College Theatre

“Whether you're on-stage, off-stage, or building the stage, it takes an entire community to lift the curtain on a Wagner College Theatre performance.”