Academic Programs


MISSION STATEMENT: Wagner College's Department of Theatre and Speech provides students with a strong liberal arts background combined with intensive training in Theatre, particularly Musical Theatre, through classes and public performances. By combining theory and practice, the department seeks to foster leadership, a sense of community, artistic integrity, intellectual expertise, and the best professional values to serve students in their chosen profession.

The Main Stage is a proscenium theatre that seats approximately 300 and regularly sells out to students, family, staff and the greater Staten Island community. Shows include three or four musicals and possibly a play or dance concert. Each of these productions runs 2 weeks. To view our current season click here.

DAMN YANKEES directed by Mickey Tennenbaum, on the Main Stage 2015

Stage One is a black box theatre that focuses on the dramatic cannon in recent years including Moliere, Shakespeare, Williams as well as contemporary writers such as Amiri Baraka, Stephen Karam, and David Ives as well as new devised works. Three of the four shows are classic or contemporary plays; the fourth show is a musical or dance concert. To view our current season click here.

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21 CHUMP STREET directed by David McDonald, in Stage One 2015

Special Projects: The Department regularly supports collaborations with student organizations and other academic departments, such as Honors Projects, concerts with the Music Department, etc. Among recent events: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "The Vagina Monologues," and BC/EFA fundraisers.

Jeanine Bruen as Rosabella and Anthony Turner as Tony in MOST HAPPY FELLA'.

Jeanine Bruen as Rosabella and Anthony Turner as Tony in MOST HAPPY FELLA'.

Faculty Involvement: The Theatre Faculty participates fully in the production program, serving as directors, choreographers, designers, vocal coaches, fight choreographers and in other specialized support roles. To see the list of faculty and their bios, click here.

Theatre Advisory Board (TAB): This student organization consists of two elected members from each academic class. TAB meets throughout the school year with the Department Chair and/or members of the Theatre faculty. TAB provides a formal conduit for theatre students to convey their views and concerns to the faculty. They also organize various social and fundraising activities.

Other Department-Related Clubs:  Dance Club, Society for Arts Administration, USITT Student Chapter, Completely Student Productions, among others.

Advisement: Upon declaring a major, students are given an advisor from the full time faculty. All members of the Theatre faculty advise students both formally and informally.

Guest Artists/Workshops/Clinics:  WCT sponsors many guest lectures and workshops; among recent guests: Broadway star and Wagner alum Randy Graff, Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni, composer/lyricist William Finn, Broadway director John Rando; Glee actor Ali Stroker.

Field Trips: Given Wagner's location, classes often include travel to Manhattan to see shows, conduct research at places like the Library of Performing Arts, and The Players Club.

Senior Showcase: The Department produces an annual Senior Showcase in Manhattan (usually at Playwrights Horizons) during which qualified seniors perform before an invited audience of agents, managers, and producers. The Senior Showcase takes place at the end of spring semester and is part of a Performance major's Senior Learning Community.

Class of 2016

Class of 2016

The Production Program: During the school year, the Department of Theatre and Speech produces eight shows. Auditions for the productions are open to the entire student body. While students from various majors are cast, the talent pool is highly competitive. Faculty also perform in select roles.  Students participate in many ways in productions, from Stage Managers to Lighting Designers to Dance Captains to working backstage or in front-of-house capacities, etc. The department regularly hires professional directors, choreographers, designers, music directors and musicians to work on our shows alongside the faculty.