Spring 2023 Events

Projects & Participation Kick-off

The Projects & Participation Kick-off is a general information session for Cornell students wanting to get involved in PMA's theatre, film, dance, and live performance projects.

January 25th, 7:30 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre


PMA Call for Actors - Spring 2023

Roles are available for stage and screen. Meet directors in a low-stress environment and see what interests you! 

Open to all Cornell students, faculty, and staff.

The directors of Soul MiningMine, and The Family Copoli will be in attendance to meet with interested actors and performers.

January 26th, 7:00 p.m., Flexible Theatre


Festival 24

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

January 28th, 7:30 p.m., Flexible Theatre


PMAPS Colloquium: Dotun Ayobade

Dotun Ayobade is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He studies how embodied forms of popular culture shape the meaning of community, justice, and activism in late twentieth century West Africa. The title of Professor Ayobade's talk is Ethnographies of Serious Play: Sensing the Ludic in a Women’s History of Afrobeat Music. Co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.

February 17th, 3:00 p.m., Film Forum | Register in advance for Zoom option


Soul Mining

A staged reading of a work in progress, Soul Mining is a short meditation on emotion, connection, and sensation as we consider the entirety of our lives and the eventual trajectory of the natural world. More of an allegorical or abstract representation than anything else, the work follows four unnamed characters as they puzzle over what they have been left with and what they have left behind. Written by John Colie.

February 18th, 7:30 p.m., Black Box Theatre | Get Tickets


Locally Grown Dance

Locally Grown Dance (LGD) is an annual dance showcase performed by PMA dance students.

March 9th, 10th, and 11th, 7:30 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre | Get Tickets


PMAPS Colloquium: Jung Joon Lee

Jung Joon Lee, Associate Professor, Theory and History of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design; Fellow, The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 2022-23, In this talk, Jung Joon Lee explores trans-Pacific intimacies engendered through collaborative art projects, namely QueerArch (2019), focusing on spaces of exhibition as sites generating affective ruptures with the official histories, memories, and kinships of East Asia that maintain a strong hold on both sides of the Pacific. The title of Professor Lee's talk is On Trans-Pacific Collaboration and Repair: Notes from QueerArch (2019) and Queer/Feminist/Praxis (2021). Co-sponsored by the History of Art, FGSS and LGBT Studies Program.

March 10th, 3:00 p.m., Film Forum | Register in advance for Zoom option



Blending realism and abstraction, this full-length play explores the future and the past, technology and humanity, solitude and family. Written, translated from Russian, rewritten, and directed by Anna Evtushenko, PhD candidate in Information Science. 

March 24th, 5:00 p.m., March 25th, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

and March 26th, 2:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre | Get Tickets


Nature's Play

Adam Shulman's honor's thesis in theater design and staging.

April 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd., Palmer Woods at Cornell University


PMAPS Colloquium: Shanti Pillai & Marc Gomes

To the Academy is a multimedia performance work inspired by Kafka’s short story, A Report for an Academy, and the ancient Sanskrit treatise on performance, The Natyashastra. The piece weaves a tale about an ape couple rehearsing a music hall show for a group of scholars. As the apes grapple with how to entertain their audience, they stage a sexy romp through contemporary culture wars and collapsing institutions. The one-hour performance is followed by discussion with the audience. Content Warning: moment of nudity

April 21st, 3:00 p.m., Film Forum


The Family Copoli

The Family Copoli is a post-apocalyptic burlesque and repopulation play by PMA Ph.D. student Andy Colpitts featuring music by British composer Michael Wookey.

April 28th and 29th, May 5th and 6th, 7:30 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre | Get Tickets


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.

April 29th and 30th, Kiplinger Theatre


Student Film Screening

A screening of student's work and PMA Ph.D. candidate Waylon Wilson's documentary Tuscarora Beadwork.

May 12th, 5:00 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre | Get Tickets