Welcome to PMA!

Welcome to Performing and Media Arts!

We are excited to welcome you to Cornell or welcome you back! All of us here in Performing and Media Arts (PMA) look forward to meeting you and helping you find opportunities to make your time in Ithaca more enriching, whether you are a budding performer, a seasoned auteur, an aspiring critic, or just a curious observer. Please use this page as a springboard to the wealth of opportunities available to you in the Schwartz Center!

Meet Professor Sabine Haenni, Department Chair 

Transcript of Sabine Haenni video

Meet Professor Karen Jaime, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Transcript of Karen Jaime video

PMA Virtual Tour

PMA is located at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.  Take a virtual tour of PMA’s studios, theatres, and performance spaces. 

Transcript of virtual tour video

Latest Developments

Professor Jason Simms (Scenic Design), Co-Chair of the Production and Events Committee, gives an overview of what’s to come this year.

Transcript of Jason Simms video

Professor Jeffrey Palmer (Film) talks about the exciting developments with PMA’s film and video production courses.

Transcript of Jeffrey Palmer video

Senior Lecturer Byron Suber (Dance) chats with Madeline Silva '22 about her experience with PMA's dance courses.

Transcript of Byron Suber and Madeline Silva video

Watch more PMA Dance performances (and much more) on PMA's YouTube Channel

Opportunities to Participate

Find out how you can become involved in PMA’s live and mediated work at a general information session (date and time to be announced.)   You’ll meet directors and filmmakers who will describe their project and casting needs.  There are many opportunities for behind-the-scenes work, too. PMA faculty will describe opportunities to work in the scenery/props shop, costume shop, electrics, and on backstage or film crews.  There’s a place for everyone at PMA!

A remote (Zoom) or recorded option will be available.


Start Your PMA Education

Whether you choose to major, minor or enroll in select classes, we provide opportunities for you to explore theatre, film, and dance as distinct art forms, and to combine these disciplines in exciting ways.

The departmental curriculum offers a robust selection of courses, from introductory to advanced levels and from creative and critical perspectives. Visit our Academics page for an overview of all the options, or jump right into the Minor or the Major.

Wondering where to start? We encourage you to consider these as options for your entry into PMA:

1410: Media Production Lab1610: Production Technology Lab
1611: Rehearsal and Performance2280: Dance Improvisation
2300: Beginning Dance Composition2540: Introduction to Film Analysis
2800: Intro to Acting2901: Spanish Performance Studio
3531: Screenwriting3551: Global Cinema II

3751: Global Stages II

3758: Contemporary American Theatre


See all PMA courses for the Spring 2022 semester: https://pma.cornell.edu/courses/SP22

Upcoming Productions and Events

Check back here for upcoming Spring '22 productions and events.


Cornell Cinema

The Cornell Cinema team welcomes you to campus! Learn about one of the best campus film exhibition programs in the country and see what's in store for the coming year.

Transcript of Cornell Cinema video


Helpful Department Contacts

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Karen Jaime - PMA-DUS@cornell.edu

Undergraduate Field Assistant: Donna Miller - dm246@cornell.edu

See the full PMA Staff Directory

Staying in touch with PMA

Cornell Students - Join Us on Campus Groups


Non-Cornell Students - Subscribe to the PMA Newsletter


PMA on Social Media