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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
Meet Professor Karen Jaime, Director of Undergraduate Studies
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.
Professor Jason Simms (Scenic Design), Co-Chair of the Production and Events Committee, gives an overview of what’s to come this year.
Professor Jeffrey Palmer (Film) talks about the exciting developments with PMA’s film and video production courses.
Senior Lecturer Byron Suber (Dance) chats with Madeline Silva '22 about her experience with PMA's dance courses.
Opportunities to Participate
Find out how you can become involved in PMA’s live and mediated work at a general information session on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30pm in the Kiplinger Theatre. You’ll meet directors and filmmakers who will describe their project and casting needs. The casting process will begin on Friday, Sept. 3. 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 Lab||1610: Production Technology Lab|
|1700: Laughter||2280: Dance Improvisation|
|2300: Beginning Dance Composition||2800: Intro to Acting|
|3461: Intro to African American Cinema||3609: Making Theatre|
|3814: Public Speaking|
See all PMA courses for the Fall 2021 semester: https://pma.cornell.edu/courses
For a list of this semester's courses and what PMA requirements they count towards: PMA Fall 21 Course Distribution.pdf
Upcoming Productions and Events
Performing and Media Arts Open House
Learn about the courses, programs, & opportunities that PMA offers in theatre, film, dance, screenwriting & more!
Festival 24 features an array of plays written, directed, rehearsed, and performed by students, in just 24 hours!
Fall 2021 Project Participation Event
Find out how you can become involved in PMA’s live and mediated work. You’ll meet directors and filmmakers who will describe their project and casting needs. The casting process will begin on Friday, Sept. 3. 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!
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.
Student Groups at PMA
Helpful Department Contacts
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Karen Jaime - PMA-DUS@cornell.edu
Undergraduate Field Assistant: Donna Miller - email@example.com