Fall 2023 Events

PMA Open House

Discover the world of performing and media arts as unique art forms at the Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA). Whether you want to delve into one discipline or explore their exciting intersections, PMA is the place for you. Interact with the passionate faculty, talented students, and dedicated staff.  Join us for engaging conversations, networking opportunities, and to savor delicious food and refreshments.

August 18th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Schwartz Center Lobby


Projects & Participation Kick-off

Join us for an general information session where you can explore various ways to participate in PMA's live and mediated productions. Meet directors and filmmakers who will share insights about their projects and casting requirements.

August 23rd, 7:30 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre


Festival 24

Festival 24 features an array of plays written, directed, rehearsed, and performed by students in just 24 hours!

August 26th, 7:30 p.m., Flexible Theatre


PMA at Sundance 2024

Info Sessions by PMA Associate Professor Kristen Warner

If you’ve ever thought about attending the internationally acclaimed Sundance Film Festival, now’s your chance! Come to the info sessions to get the details. And then: Email Dr. Kristen Warner for the application and information packet at kristenwarner@cornell.edu

Sept. 11 at 5 pm; Sept. 12 at 3:45 pm; Sept. 13 at 5:00 p.m.; Sept. 14 at 4:30 pm; Sept. 15 at 1 pm 
Room 220, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 


Performing and Media Arts Presentation Series (PMAPS) Colloquium

Dancing Communities of Another Kind: Performance, Intersectionality, and Violence Against Immigrant Women of Color by Assistant Professor Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz

This event is co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Global Cornell, Migrations and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

September 22nd, 3:00 p.m., Film Forum


Arts Unplugged with Laurie Anderson

The College of Arts & Sciences is thrilled to host multimedia artist Laurie Anderson for our fall Arts Unplugged event, which brings research and creative works into the public sphere for discussion and inspiration. Please visit the Arts Unplugged page for more information

September 26th & 27th, Kiplinger Theatre & Flexible Theatre



A wickedly dark comedy about college admissions written by Jiehae Park

Directed by Angel Katthi '24

September 28th 7:30 p.m., 29th 5:00 p.m. & 30th 2:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre, Get Tickets

Content warnings: discussion of attempted suicide, moments of violence, graphic and racially charged language, body shaming, fat-phobia, ableist slurs 

“Peerless” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com


Voices & Visions in Black Media: Centering New Directions in Nollywood

Voices & Visions in Black Media is an ongoing series that surveys the diverse and global landscape of Black media practices and scholarship, engaging and critically exploring the world of blackness on screen and/or behind the camera in film, television, and digital media. This year's screening series is curated by Rejoice Abutsa, a doctoral student in the Department of Performing and Media Arts. Organized by Samantha N. Sheppard, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, and generously supported by the Department of Performing and Media Arts, this year's Voices & Visions in Black Media series is dedicated to new directions in  Nollywood. 

October 3rd, 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., October 4th, 7 p.m., Cornell Cinema


Ithaca Department of Arts and Futures:A Coalition and Celebration for the World to Come

Co-hosted by the Performing and Media Arts Presentation Series (PMAPS) and the Soil Factory

A one-day performance action, colloquium, and outright dance party. By bringing together arts workers, sustainability specialists, land-centered stakeholders, and members of the public, we will envision what a more ecological culture might feel like for our performing arts community. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Performing and Media Arts, Media Studies, American Studies, Rural Humanities, Cornell Council for the Arts and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

October 14th, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Film Forum & The Soil Factory



The Department of Performing and Media Arts is thrilled to present Toni Morrison’s 2011 work DESDEMONA to honor the 30th anniversary of her Nobel Prize. 

Originally created in 2011 by Toni Morrison in collaboration with director Peter Sellars and singer-songwriter and activist Rokia Traoré, DESDEMONA is a poetic and intimate response to Shakespeare's OTHELLO. Morrison's work weaves dialogue, music, and song into a complex exploration of Shakespeare's famous and historically challenging work. Centering of the ill-fated character of Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary, Morrison's play exists in the imaginary space of the afterlife, interrogating the pain and trauma of race, gender, and class as well as the healing process and possibility of forgiveness across generations, locations, and characters. PMA's production of DESDEMONA directed by PMA Associate Professor  Beth Milles will include student performers onstage alongside Malian singer Rokia Traoré in a dynamic performance that captures the words, music, and transformative power of love. 

October 27th & 28th 7:30 p.m. Kiplinger TheatreGet tickets

The event is co-sponsored  by  Office of the Provost, Performing and Media Arts, Africana Studies, Music, Literatures in English, American Studies, Romance Studies, Toni Morrison Collective, Institute for African Development. 

The project has been awarded a Humanities Impact Grant and a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts. 

This event is part of “Freedom of Expression

Content warning: Sexual abuse, violence, racism


Performing and Media Arts Presentation Series (PMAPS) Colloquium

Sound, Structures, and Site by Professor Mendi Obadike and Keith Obadike

In this presentation, Mendi + Keith Obadike will discuss recent site-specific sound installations and public art projects as well as new works in development.

The event is co-sponsored  by the Department of Music.

November 3rd, 3:00 p.m., Film Forum


The Value Gap: Female-Driven Films from Pitch to Premiere

A book talk by Dr. Courtney Brannon Donoghue, Assistant Professor of Media Industries, Department of Media Arts, University of North Texas

 The Value Gap examines gender inequity debates in contemporary Hollywood and the barriers female-driven films and their filmmakers face at each phase of the pipeline from development to distribution.

November 7th, 4:30 p.m., Film Forum


Love and Information

A final presentation of Caryl Churchill's play "Love and Information" by the students of PMA 3801. "Love and Information" addresses ways in which we seek, filter, process, dismiss, and question information and how this affects our ability and capacity to love. Free and open to the public.

November 17th & 18th 7:30 p.m. Flexible Theatre


The Wild Gather

A 3-day invitation to recognize, amplify, participate, and celebrate living lineages of Hip Hop and Breaking Culture in dance, movement, and beyond 

November 30th, December 1st & 2nd, 7:30 p.m. Class of 56 Dance Studio Theatre


Fall 2023 Student Film Screening

Join us as students from PMA's film production courses screen their films in the Schwartz Center's Kiplinger Theatre. Free and open to the public. First come, first served. *For mature audiences only. Films contain material that may be triggering to some audience members.

December 8th, 7:30 p.m. Kiplinger Theatre