Behind every scene
At Bennington, students immerse themselves in the collaborative spirit of the dramatic arts. Closely integrating course work with production opportunities, Bennington drama trains students as creative and versatile theater artists. Ranked by the Princeton Review as #3 for “Best College Theater” nationwide, Bennington College offers students a thorough grounding in virtually every dimension of theater-making: acting, directing, playwriting, devising, theatre history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, stage management, and design (set, costume, lights, projection, and sound). Taught by professionals accomplished in their fields, Bennington drama provides students an outstanding combination of small-class settings, centered on the cross-pollination of all the programs within the discipline.
Bennington drama offers students flexible, state of the art theater spaces, hands-on production experience, and abundant opportunities to get involved on all levels. For each term that students take a class in drama, they also complete a technical lab, working in the scene shop, costume shop, or technical crew in VAPA, Bennington’s 150,000-square-foot home to our performing and visual artists. Through labs, Drama Forum, and classes, students engage immediately and directly in the drama community at Bennington. Students also collaborate with faculty on such productions as Angels in America, Parts I and II, How Water Behaves, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During Field Word Term, students may choose to apply their skills in professional theater settings, or to internships that expand their studies in other ways.
From studying drama at Bennington, many students have continued on to professional paths: whether studying in graduate programs; pursuing cross-disciplinary work; or carving out distinguished careers on stage, film, and television.
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At Bennington, students work closely with faculty to design the content, structure, and sequence of their study and practice—their Plan—taking advantage of the College's resources both inside and outside the classroom to pursue their work.
Bennington drama faculty are teacher-practitioners accomplished in their fields who offer students an outstanding combination of small group courses, tutorials, and project-based learning, centered on the cross-pollination of all the programs within the discipline, as well with other disciplines at the College.
VAPA’s theater spaces are the heart of Bennington drama. The Lester Martin Theater and Margot Tenney Theater offer students the scale and flexibility to realize their vision. In our fully equipped scene and costume shops, students are guided through the design and production process.
Field Work Term
Each winter, during Field Work Term, students set up internships and venture out into the world—New York City theaters, L. A. TV studios, not-for-profit theaters, drama festivals abroad, or one of hundreds of other venues.
- Actor's Theatre of Louisville
- Adaptations Dance Theater
- Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
- CBS- NCIS: New Orleans
- Cleveland Play House, The
- Cleveland Public Theater
- Contemporary Dance Theater
- Crown City Theatre Company
- Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
- NBC Universal Campus 2 Career
- PBS Point of View
- Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre
- Poetic Theater Productions
- Prop Thtr
- Public Theatre, The
- Seattle Shakespeare Company
- Signature Theatre Company
- Target Margin Theater
- Teatro de los Elementos
- Terra Incognita Theatre
- Theatre Without Borders
- Theater Works
Golden Globes, Emmys, Obies, Tonys, Academy Awards—Bennington alumni have won top honors on stage and screen, in front of audiences and behind the scenes. Many alumni apply their drama skills to outstanding leadership in other fields.