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Reception: 607-254-2700
Box Office: 607-254-2787 (ARTS)
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Mailing Address

430 College Avenue
Schwartz Center
Ithaca, NY  14850

About the Department


Amy Villarejo, Nick Salvato, Sara Warner with comedian & filmmaker, John Waters.

Welcome to Cornell's Department of Performing and Media Arts!

As the home of Cornell's theatre, film, dance and media areas, the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts offers opportunities with students with varied interests -- in criticism, film production, theatre, acting, directing, theatre and media history, screenwriting, dancing, film, media, sound design, lighting, costumes, multimedia work or international media and theatre work.

All of the department’s activities build on a commitment to diversity and collaboration across all areas of the department, as well as across Cornell and the broader community.

Faculty members in the Department of Performing and Media Arts work collaboratively within the department and across campus as they lead students in critical study of performance and media.

At the same time, our faculty are involved in leading-edge initiatives ranging from theatre and media production and design to the study of cinema/media and theatre/performance.

Along with distinguished publication and editing credits, Cornell faculty have directed on Broadway, written Pulitzer Prize-nominated plays, received Emmy nominations, worked with the Actor's Gang in Los Angeles, choreographed and toured with international dance companies, designed scenes for theatres across the country and founded international theatre companies.

Faculty members also maintain close ties to other universities, artists and academics in their areas of study, sponsoring conferences and welcome campus visitors to discuss leading topics in media and performance. Our “Resoundingly Queer” conference in the spring of 2012 brought more than 250 academics, artists and activists to campus -- including film luminary John Waters  -- for presentations, performances and panel discussions on the topic of exploring sound as it relates to gender and sexuality.

Faculty News

Geraniums sprout @ The Schwartz

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An installation and performance event involving 200 red geraniums is starting to take shape at the Schwartz Center.

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PMA faculty member screens film


Filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki, who joined Cornell’s Department of Performing and Media Arts as an assistant professor this fall, spent two years getting to know Sara, Luis and the other 200 or so residents of Willets Point for his film, which screened March 26 at Cornell Cinema.

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Warner's book wins ATHE award

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Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure, by Sara Warner, associate professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts, is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

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PMA prof to judge Korean film fest

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Film professor Don Fredericksen is one of five actors, directors and scholars chosen to judge the 14th Jeonju International Film Festival in Korea.

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Prof's movie picked up at Sundance


Cornell Assistant Professor Austin Bunn’s movie, “Kill Your Darlings” was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics during the Sundance Film Festival last week and is tentatively scheduled for release sometime this fall.

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