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Hudson Valley Community College Adds Theatre Arts Degree Program for Fall 2009

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Nov. 12, 2008

Hudson Valley Community College will expand its already broad range of programs with the addition of a new associate’s degree program in Theatre Arts beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

The program is designed to provide a foundation for those wishing to pursue a four-year degree in acting or other related theater arts. Transfer agreements are being finalized with several schools, including SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Fredonia and The Sage College of Albany, which will allow students to enter the transfer institution as a junior.

“The new Theatre Arts degree program has generated a great deal of excitement and promises to be popular among students who have already been involved in some way with dramatic productions or those who have had no prior experience in theater,” said Department Chairperson Dorothy Reynolds.

The college, which houses the 350-seat Maureen Stapleton Theatre, has been offering credit-bearing acting classes for several years. The two-year program provides not only a strong foundation in acting, theatrical design and stage management but also a wide range of elective courses in business, education, history, English, foreign languages and broadcast media.

The Theatre Arts degree program will be housed under the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (518) 629-7309.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.