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
Meet Professor David M Feldshuh, 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), Chair of the Programming 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, Projects & Participation Kick-off. 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!
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|
|3010: Hispanic Theatre Production||2800: Intro to Acting|
|4505: Playwriting||3551: Global Cinema II|
|4661: Absurdism: Performance and the Uncanny||3682: Making Noise: The Art and Process of Sound Generation|
See all PMA courses for the Spring 2023 semester: https://pma.cornell.edu/courses/SP23
Read the PMA Undergraduate Guide
Upcoming Productions and Events
See our complete line-up of productions and events for this semester.