Spring 2022 Events

PMA Projects and Participation Kick Off

Find out how you can become involved in PMA’s live and mediated work.

January 26, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom (A recording of the event is available on PMA YouTube channel.)

Festival 24

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

January 29, 7:30 p.m., Online stream at PMA YouTube Channel

Locally Grown Dance

This year's Locally Grown Dance is an expression of both the students' and directors' drive to create and persevere despite the challenges of the pandemic.

LGD 2022 is directed by Byron Suber, senior lecturer in Dance at PMA; Miles Yeung, guest artist/lecturer; and Mark Haim, acclaimed choreographer and dancer.

This program has been made possible through the Cornell Council for the Arts and a generous gift from Cheryl Whaley and Eric Aboaf.

March 9, 10, 11, 12Kiplinger Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

A Chicano's Guide to Navigation

The main character, Juan, is trying to develop a presentation where he shares his insight into his own experience as a Chicano and the effect social media has on how we communicate with each other and perceive our differing and diverse identities. His friends Enrique and Sylvia are assisting Juan in this endeavor, one also Chicano, the other not. A Chicano's Guide to Navigation is a metatheatrical exploration of the Mexican-American experience, the ever-present role of social media in our public and private lives, and interconnectedness.

March 24, 7:30 p.m., March 25, 5:00 p.m., March 26, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Black Box Theatre

Professional Directions: A Talk with Director / Cinematographer Rand Rosenberg

Join us on Friday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m. for a Professional Directions talk with director/cinematographer Rand Rosenberg on his artistic work and how to navigate the freelance media and film world in NYC.

March 25, Film Forum, 12:30 p.m. 

Bread & Puppet Cantastoria Workshop  

Join us on Friday, March 25, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. for a Bread & Puppet Cantastoria workshop at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Room 322. One of the oldest non-profit political theater companies in the U.S., Bread & Puppet presents its famed hands-on Cantastoria Workshop. Participants will create theatre involving the narration of pictures using song, movement, text and puppetry.  Space is limited to 20 participants: Email Andy Colpitts at adc267@cornell.edu for reservations.    

March 25, Room 322, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Professional Directions: A Talk with Actor/Writer/Director Ellie Foumbi

Join us on Sunday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m. for a Professional Directions talk with actor/writer/director Ellie Foumbi on how to survive as a filmmaker and make the first feature.

March 27, Film Forum, 3:00 p.m. 

The Pleasures of the Quarrel: Three Parisian Operatic Hits from the Contested Season of 1753

Sunday, March 27 at 3pm in Bailey Hall. Admission free.  Running time 90 minutes. Website: https://www.potqopera.com/ Co-sponsors: CCA, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University Library, Institute of European Studies, French Studies, Romance Studies, Global Early Modern Studies. It’s 1753 and the audiences at the Paris Opera are embroiled in passionate arguments over musical style. Who will prevail in this “Quarrel of the Buffoons”? The Queen’s arriviste Italians, with their vulgar but sparkling intermezzi? Or the King’s official French troupe with its mythological stories and expressive ballet? Could the upstart Op ra Comique convince the two factions to find harmony? Find out with The Pleasures of the Quarrel, a mash-up of three memorable operas from this contentious operatic year. Performed by professional singers and dancers plus Cornell student dancers and the Cornell Chamber Orchestra. Directed by Catherine Turocy, New York Baroque Dance Company; produced by Rebecca Harris-Warrick (Dept. of Music); with projections and scenography by Adam Shulman, ’23, and Jason Simms (PMA).

March 27, Bailey Hall, 3:00 p.m. 

Heermans-McCalmon Dramatic Writing Awards Presentation

A public presentation of the winning material.

March 28, SB10 - Class of '56 Dance Studio Theatre, 5:00 p.m.

"Come and See" film screening

A Soviet anti-war film, trigger warning: violence, introduction by Sabine Haenni.

April 13, Film Forum, 7:00 p.m.

Musics of Southeast Asian America

Direct from the San Francisco/Bay Area, Cambodian American vocalist Bochan Huy and Filipina American hip hop artist Ruby Ibarra take the Kip Theatre stage in this live concert celebrating Southeast Asian American sisterhood. Join us in this season of springtime renewal and New Years for much of Southeast Asia. Defying the afterlives of U.S. war and empire in Southeast Asia, their music pulsates with histories of art and resistance in Cambodia and the Philippines, as they show us how young Asian Americans form their political voice through diverse genres (hip hop and Cambodian rock), multiple languages (English, Tagalog, Khmer, and Waray), and popular music.

This event is free and open to the public (with proof of vaccination). Reserve a ticket by emailing: schwartz-tickets@cornell.edu. Seating is first come, first served and limited (due to social distancing guidelines). Any questions, please contact: pma@cornell.edu.

April 16, Kiplinger Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Panel discussion with PMA alum Sabrina Liu '20 and Allen Porterie '20 

Learn about Grad School for Performance / Performance Studies. Sabrina Liu ‘20 is an Acting MFA at the University of California San Diego and Allen Porterie ‘20 is a Masters student at the University of Texas Austin.  Please contact pma@cornell.edu for Zoom password.

April 22, via Zoom, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


An immersive media art installation, conceived by Shanti Pillai, Thea Goldman, and Anastasia Kreisel

Reserve times at SchwartzTickets.com. Admission times will be staggered in 5 minute intervals for groups up to 3. Parties larger than 3 will be split.
This event is free and open to the public (with proof of vaccination). Any questions, please contact: pma@cornell.edu
PLEASE NOTE: Campus visitors and members of the public must adhere to Cornell’s public health requirements for events, which include wearing masks while indoors and providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

April 22, 23, Black Box Theatre, 7:00 p.m.

Situating Lesbian Desire: Staged Readings of The Climb by C.A. Johnson & The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly

Situating Lesbian Desire is a live staged reading of C.A. Johnson’s The Climb and Audrey Cefaly’s The Gulf, two plays that investigate gender, sexuality, and place.   

The Climb  synopsis:  
Marge is a photographer, and her wife, Tiffany, has been her sole photographic subject for seven years. When Tiffany goes on a month-long hiking trip to get away from it all, both women are forced to question everything from their professional and personal past to the true meaning of a moment captured in time. 

The Gulf  synopsis:  
The divide between Kendra and Betty mimics the very world that devours them: a vast and polarizing abyss. On a quiet summer evening, somewhere down in the Alabama Delta, Kendra and Betty troll the flats looking for redfish. After Betty begins diagnosing Kendra’s dead-end life with career picks from What Color is Your Parachute, their routine fishing excursion takes a violent turn. The Gulf contains strong language, sexual content, and domestic violence. 

The Gulf (Full-Length)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com 

April 23, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Climb 
April 23, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Gulf 

While the two plays are in conversation with one another, audience members do not need to attend both plays. 

Screening of Poetry in America's PBS episode "Cascadilla Falls"

The community event "Ammons & the Falls" will celebrate A.R. Ammons’ poem "Cascadilla Falls" and the poet’s relationship with the landscape of Ithaca, NY, over the course of a late afternoon on Tuesday, April 26th. Register here.

April 26, 5:00 p.m. Film Forum

Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF)

Centrally Isolated Film Festival celebrates the work of student filmmakers from across the upstate and greater central New York region. This year submissions from around the world were accepted and programmed into this year's exciting line-up.  

April 29, 30, Film Forum

PMAPS Colloquium with Danielle Bainbridge

April 29 Film Forum, 3:00 p.m.

Haunted Natures, Hidden Environments

Ph.D candidate Kelly Richmond will direct and lead an environmental theatre piece: Haunted Natures, Hidden Environments

May 6, 7, Schwartz Center, 7:30 p.m.

PMAPS Colloquium with Brian V. Sengdala

May 6 Film Forum 3:00 p.m.

Sub-Basement Docs Student Film Screening and QA

Featuring short films by Parijat Jha, Kat Roberts, Xinlei Sha, Ami Tamakloe, Nia Whitmal, and Nadav Wall

May 9, Cornell Cinema 104 Willard Straight Hall, 4:30 p.m. 

Student Thesis Film Screening

Join us for PMA’s first annual Thesis Film Screening at the Schwartz Center Kiplinger Theatre. The program and storytelling represents the very best of our department.

May 12, Kiplinger Theatre

Film & Video I & II Screening

Join us as students from PMA’s film production courses screen their films in the Schwartz Center's Kiplinger Theatre. The screening will include films from PMA 3570: Film and Video Production I and PMA 4585: Film and Video Production II. The tasks the students completed were monumental and speak to this moment in our lives. Enjoy great storytelling!

May 13, Kiplinger Theatre