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 Associate Professor Samantha Noelle Sheppard, Department Chair

Transcript of Samantha Noelle Sheppard video

Meet Professor David Feldshuh, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Transcript of David Feldshuh 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

Professors Jason Simms, Beth Milles, and Senior Lecturer Carolyn Goelzer give an overview of PMA's 2023-2024 productions.

Transcript of Jason Simms Video

Associate Professor Jeffrey Palmer and Lecturer Doorim Kim talk about the exciting developments with PMA’s film and video production courses.

Transcript of Film Faculty Video

Meet PMA Dance Faculty Assistant Professor Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz, and Assistant Professor of the Practice Danielle Russo

Transcript of Dance Faculty Video

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, on Wednesday, August 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiplinger Theatre. 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 2280: Dance Improvisation
2204: Story Ideation 2560: American Cinema
2800: Introduction to Acting 3226: Global Dance and Decolonizing Movement
3550: Global Cinema and Media 3570: Film & Video Production I
3580: Cinematography and Visual Storytelling 3750: Global Theatre and Performance

See all PMA courses for the Fall 2024 semester: https://pma.cornell.edu/courses

Read the PMA Undergraduate Guide

Upcoming Productions and Events

Projects & Participation Kick-off

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, August 28th, 7:30 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre


Festival 24

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 festival24@cornell.edu or on instagram @cornell_camp. 

Saturday, August 31st, 7:30 p.m., Flexible Theatre


Call for Actors - Orlando's Gift

Auditions: Tuesday, September 3, 6:00 p.m., Location - TBD

Callbacks: Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m., Location - TBD

See our complete line-up of productions and events for this semester. 

Fall 2024 Events

Cornell Cinema

Cornell Cinema Image

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.

Helpful Department Contacts

Director of Undergraduate Studies: David Feldshuh - 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