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Brooklyn College
department of theater

Be yourself.


The Department of Theater at Brooklyn College provides an affordable, accessible, outstanding education taught by a nationally recognized faculty of theater artists and leaders. We are a professional training ground in Flatbush Brooklyn set in the epicenter of the theater industry – New York City. We come from around the world and down the block in all different stages of our careers. We are an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive program that reflects and responds to the diverse identities, cultures and experiences of our students. We offer comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs which offer a transformative, affordable, rigorous educational experience. We develop and inspire each theater maker to embrace and express their unique artistic voice.

The Brooklyn College Department of Theater values the training of the next generation of theater artists and leaders. We commit to this essential work as a means to sustain the vibrancy of our field and the overall human condition. The Department acknowledges past harms detrimental to the educational process of our student body. On-going systemic change is required to continue to identify, address, and heal from those harms. We commit heartily to this values statement as an organic, evolving, and fluid document. We commit to these values as we continue to investigate and modify our department culture. We commit to these values as a means to embrace and adapt to the necessary critical changes in our society.


We strive to create a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, anti-racist, and socially just department through intentional pedagogy, recruitment, community culture, and activities reflected in the stories we tell, and the voices we amplify. We recognize that Black, Brown, Asian/Pacific Islander communities, Indigenous communities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities and communities of color are all under-represented in our field and face the barriers of systemic racism and other forms of oppression. We are correcting that reality through anti-racist trainings, activities designed to raise awarness, interrogating our syllabi, modifying language and behaviors in an effort to transform the culture of our department and to support and honor global perspectives, voices, and cultures.

We believe in theater and its inherent power to transform. Theater has the potential to transform the individual, our audiences, the Brooklyn College community, and the community beyond. Through freedom of artistic expression and collaboration, we value an intentional practice that at its core synthesizes learning, doing, and making theater.

We value a rigorous and disciplined art practice that supports free expression and the uniqueness of the individual. We value a practice that encourages play and exploration by nurturing the growth, talent, and artistic ambition of the individual artist. We value free artistic expression and the ability to tailor an educational experience to the artists’ needs.

We embrace “failing forward,” supportive feedback, consensus, and a holistic approach to satisfying the curiosity of artistic experimentation, uplifting and inspiring each theater maker to embrace and express their unique artistic voice.

We cherish the community of students, staff, and faculty that comprise our department. We value partnerships between students, staff, and faculty that rely on power sharing, governance sharing, and transparency in decision making. Our community will forge a human-centered approach reliant on trust, collaboration, and being in community with one another.

We value global perspectives, global voices, and global cultures. We value uplifting historically marginalized voices of the non-white global majority and seek to rectify the inequities and colonistic structures that continue to plague our industry, our culture, and our society.

We value the autonomy of the individual artist through supporting self-care measures, mental and physical well-being, safety, respect, and the creation of a consent based approach to our work. We value a trusting environment to work and study by practicing compassion, empathy, and accepting personal boundaries.

3 degrees. 7 concentrations.

Please note that all concentrations require an additional/supplemental application to be submitted along with the main Brooklyn College undergraduate/graduate application. Please contact the head of the concentration to inquire about the application process.

The Brooklyn College Department of Theater is thrilled to announce its lineup for the Fall 2023 / Spring 2024 season, which includes six performances that are open to the public.

“We are overjoyed to bring this evocative and timely season of plays to our stages,” says Laura Tesman, Professor and Chair of the Theater Department. “Although we produced projects throughout the pandemic, our talented students faced incredible challenges with the continually shifting modalities and protocols. It is wonderful to be able to share their inspiring artistry and collaborations with outside audiences once again.”

Ticket Information:
General Admission
$18 a show

Current Students, Faculty & Staff, BC alumni, Veterans, Seniors
$10.50 a show or $26 all three shows

*Please contact the department for the student/staff discount code. All prices include the service fees.

Direct Questions to:
BOX OFFICE: 718-951-4500
BOX OFFICE Hours are 1PM–5PM Tuesday through Thursday
The Box Office is located in Lobby of TOW PAC; the closest access point is the Hillel Gate entrance.

There is no longer a mask mandate on campus, however we ask our audience to continue masking when inside the theater and during the performance.

by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Cassidy Kepp

02.23.2024 at 7:30pm
02.24.2024 at 2:00pm
02.24.2024 at 7:30pm
02.26.2024 at 7:30pm
02.27.2024 at 7:30pm

Angels in America, Part One
by By Tony Kushner
directed by Michael Page

03.22.2024 at 7:30pm
03.23.2024 at 2:00pm
03.23.2024 at 7:30pm
03.25.2024 at 7:30pm
03.26.2024 at 7:30pm

Dance Nation
by Clare Barron
directed by Katy Early

04.12.2024 at 7:30pm
04.13.2024 at 2:00pm
04.13.2024 at 7:30pm
04.15.2024 at 7:30pm
04.16.2024 at 7:30pm

One Act Festival
directed by first-year MFA Directing Candidates

05.10.2024 at 7:30pm
05.11.2024 at 2:00pm
05.11.2024 at 7:30pm
05.12.2024 at 7:30pm
05.13.2024 at 7:30pm


Laura Tesman
Professor | Theater Department Chairperson
Co-Program Head: BA Theater
718.951.5000 x2762

Thomas Bullard
Professor | Program Head: MFA Directing
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Victor (Kip) Marsh
Professor | Program Head: Design & Technical Theater

Susan Myburgh
Substitute Lecturer/ Artistic Associate
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Patrick Sabongui
Assistant Professor | Program Head: BFA Acting
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Teresa Snider-Stein
Professor | Costume Design, Season Design Producer
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Judylee Vivier
Professor | Program Head: MFA Acting
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Michael Page
Adjunct Assistant Professor| Program Head: Performing Arts Management | Interim Program Head: Directing |General Manager at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
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Jolie Tong
Lecturer/Undergraduate Deputy Chair | Co-Program Head: BA Theater
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>> current adjuncts

technical staff

Niluka Hotaling
Production Manager

Michael Hairston
Technical Director – Lighting and Sound

Deborah Hertzberg
Costume Shop Supervisor

Sarah Iams
Costume Draper
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Michael Redman
Assistant Technical Director

Jeff Stiefel
Technical Director


Fiona John
administrative assistant

Sabra Shelly
college assistant

Brooklyn College Department of Theater
2900 Bedford Ave
Whitehead 317
Brooklyn, NY 11210