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Theatre Arts




For 450 years theatre has been a fundamental component of Jesuit education. Since the founding of Le Moyne College in 1946, students from all majors and disciplines have participated in theatre, and more recently, dance. Theatre majors have the opportunity to double major in other disciplines such as English Literature, Peace and Global Studies, Creative Writing, Political Science and many more!

Educating the Whole Artist is the driving force for our program where students are trained in acting, design, and technical skills. We produce three faculty directed shows a year in addition to two (and frequently more!) student directed projects. Our students are empowered and encouraged to take the reins of many academic and professional projects throughout the year. Any student involved in this program experiences the rich, collaborative and joyous nature of theatre art. We hope you will join us!

In Case You Missed It

Orson Welles Shylock

Professor Matt Chiorini's play "Orson Welles/Shylock" was staged at the "Shylock Project Summer School" in Venice, Italy, before Shakespeare and Judaica scholars and performers from around the world. 

The play received a reading at the Columbia Festival of the Arts in Maryland in May 2015, and is featured on the Wellesnet website as one of the main Welles centenary events to be offered this year.

Chiorini was then joined in Venice by Le Moyne College students Andrew Gripe '16 and alumni Vincent Randazzo '15, Lexi Bedore '15, and Brandon Sisson '14. They performed as part of the conference as well as representing Le Moyne at some of the other lectures and events.

Meet the Faculty

The theatre faculty are engaged and attentive mentor/teachers as well as working professional artists and scholars. Our Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival award-winning theatre program and faculty offer students a broad-based theatre arts curriculum with ample opportunity for faculty/student collaboration and individual specialized mentorship.


Matt Chiorini

Chair, Associate Professor View Bio
Karel Blakeley

Karel Blakeley

Associate Professor View Bio
Lindsey Quay Sikes

Lindsey Quay Sikes

Visiting Assistant Professor View Bio
Get Involved

Founded in 1949, Boot and Buskin is the oldest theatre group on campus and is the primary vehicle for student theatrical activity. There are three mainstage faculty-directed productions each year and participation is open students in all majors. A student staff of 10-12 provide management and technical support to these shows as well as for other events.


Major Arcana was organized in 1984 by students interested in producing their own theatrical season. All Major Arcana productions are directed and designed by students and often student-written. This group typically produces three shows per year as well as sponsoring an assortment of creative events and workshops.


Work with the Le Moyne college and greater Syracuse communities to use the arts as a vehicle for social change. Theatre in the Community club operates in service of the freedom of artistic expression, creativity and diversity while seeking to contribute to affect meaningful change in the community.


Take part in an entirely student-led troupe creating improvised and devised performances and projects that foster an atmosphere in which individuals from all backgrounds and levels of experience can collaborate to create original, innovative performances and experimental works.

Questions? Comments?

For more information about upcoming theatre events, activities, performances, and opportunities, visit our weekly "Arts Assembly Meetings" every Friday afternoon at the PAC. For meeting times, please call (315) 445-4523.

The primary responsibility of the Le Moyne College Theatre program is to provide effective instruction to students in theatre arts within the liberal-arts environment and Jesuit tradition of Le Moyne. This instruction includes experiences to promote creativity, theatrical artistry, intellectual growth, and personal development. A further responsibility is to lead students in the production of vivid theatrical events for the Le Moyne and surrounding communities that engage audiences in the range, vitality, and contributions of the theatre to the issues of both society and the individual.

Central to the mission of Le Moyne College is the commitment to the education of the whole person, with the visual and performing arts playing a significant role in endowing our students with a strong sense of leadership, initiative and the spirit of inquiry. The unique and dynamic culture within our Theatre Program and the Performing Arts Center encourages and rewards a sense of adventure and an exuberant yet disciplined approach to creative expression. The core of our theatre work therefore lies in consistently providing students with opportunities to learn their craft by introducing fundamental foundations of theatre arts, to plant the seeds of this foundation in unaccustomed earth through the trial and error of experimentation, and to ultimately make the cognitive and experiential leaps that will result in successful implementation of these creative works for an audience. Through the tripartite processes of Foundation, Experimentation, and Implementation, the Theatre Arts program at Le Moyne allows our students to mature and develop in a way that best suits them as individuals, and ultimately providing them with a myriad of potential post-graduate outcomes as creative artists and proactive leaders.

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Theatre Arts major or Theatre Arts minor, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

Theatre arts students can double the benefits of a well-rounded liberal arts education by pursuing a double major in any of these programs:

English (concentrate in literature or creative writing)
Peace and Global Studies
Political Science

Students interested in pursuing a double major should contact the director of theatre arts for more information.

Performance Archive - Spring 2015

Le Moyne College's Boot and Buskin production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Performance Archive - Winter 2015

Le Moyne College's Department of Music and Boot and Buskin production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Performance Archive - Fall 2014

Le Moyne College's Boot and Buskin production of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe.

Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Matt Chiorini


(315) 445-4523


Contact the Department:

W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4523


Congratulations Congratulations to the cast and crew of Pericles! Our fall production was honored by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival in a variety of ways. Actors Noelle Killius ('18), Brittany Fayle ('17), Tom Vasquez ('17), and Drew Gripe ('16) were nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Awards; our Stage Manager Audrey Flynn and Dramaturg Alex LeBlond were invited to present at the festival, and our production was "held" for a possible invitation to perform at the 2016 Region 1 Festival. Every year, approximately 150 college theatre productions in the Northeast are entered into this competition, with only 10 or so making the next cut and being "held" for future consideration. To date, Le Moyne has entered 6 productions in 6 years, with 5 of them being similarly "held" and 2 of them making the "final 4" and being invited to the festival! This is another huge honor for Le Moyne Theatre, and congratulations to cast, crew, faculty, and staff who made it possible! Watch the trailer now!

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Student Spotlight

Jordan Reilley '16

Theatre Arts

Theatre and English Major, Music and Arts Administration Minor

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Alumni Spotlight

Nick Barbato

Theatre Arts

Graduate of 2009, Nick is currently pursuing his MFA at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House Conservatory.

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