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 Associate Professor Samantha Noelle Sheppard, Department Interim 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.
Professors Jason Simms, Beth Milles, and Senior Lecturer Carolyn Goelzer give an overview of PMA's 2023-2024 productions.
Associate Professor Jeffrey Palmer and Lecturer Doorim Kim talk about the exciting developments with PMA’s film and video production 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
|2100: Introduction to PMA
|1641: Introduction to Storytelling
|2650: The American Musical
|3240: Performance as Protest
|3463: Contemporary Television
|3551: Global Cinema II
See all PMA courses for the Spring 2024 semester: https://pma.cornell.edu/courses
Read the PMA Undergraduate Guide
Upcoming Productions and Events
Join us for an general information session where you can explore various ways to participate in PMA's live and mediated productions. Meet passionate directors and filmmakers who will share insights about their projects and casting requirements.
Wednesday, January 24th, 7:30 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre
Festival 24 is a student-run arts festival where students write, direct, and perform a compilation of 15 minute plays and films all within 24 hours!
Festival 24 is looking for actor, writers, and directors who are interested in taking part in this awesome production. No experience is necessary and this is a great way to get involved with the performing arts on campus! If you have any questions, please reach out to the Festival 24 team at email@example.com or on instagram @cornell_camp.
Saturday, January 27th, 7:30 p.m., Flexible Theatre
See our complete line-up of productions and events for this semester.
Established in 1970 as a university film society, Cornell Cinema is a celebrated and long-standing film exhibition program located on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Each semester, we present a wide variety of films, including Hollywood films, documentaries, silent films, international, art-house, and experimental media work, cult classics, and other repertory titles. We also offer regular opportunities for audiences to discuss films and the relevant social, political, and artistic questions they raise in conversation with filmmakers, scholars, community leaders, and cinema staff.