Theater Productions

Communications and Theater students present several full-scale theatrical productions during the year.

Theater activities at SUNY at Ulster are open to all students, regardless of their programs of study. They also present original programs of Reader's Theater in December and May. In addition, both student and professional touring groups are invited to the campus.

The 500 seat John Quimby Theater has been the venue for student and professional theatrical productions, concerts, dance presentations, poetry readings, guest lectures and other featured events.

Quimby Theater: VAN 127
Box office: 845.688.1959


Fall 2016 Production

The Big MealThe Big Meal 

By Dan LeFranc
Directed by Christine Crawfis

4 performances only!
Thursday Nov 17 @ 7:00 p.m
Friday Nov 18 @ 77:00 p.m
Saturday Nov 19 @ 7:00 p.m
Sunday Nov 20 @ 2:00 p.m.


Free for students / $10 suggested donation  

Quimby Theater

Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. Guest directed by Christine Crawfis.


Spring 2016 Productions:

The Laramie Project








by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Stephen Balantzian
April 7 - 17
Thurs - Sat 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm
Quimby Theatre
Free for students / $10 suggested donation
More info: (845) 688-1959

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.




Hettie Barnhill is a Broadway actress, teacher & choreographer. She was the recipient of the 2011 NAACP “Top 12 Leaders 40 & Under Award” in the field of Arts & Culture and twice honored as a “Rising Star” by the Young & Powerful for Obama Group for her outreach work in her community. She has performed in the Broadway productions Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, TONY winning FELA! (original cast - based on the life and music of the late singer Fela Kuti), and the TONY nominated musical Leap Of Faith (original cast). She has taught for Mark Morris Dance Center, The JCC Triple Threat Program and Stephens College Dance Department. This spring Hettie will be featured in Elektra at The Metropolitan Opera.  

Tuesday April 12th 1:10 pm – 2:30 pm – Quimby Theatre
Workshop 1- “Monologue Auditioning and Feedback.” Open to theatre students.

Thursday April 14th 1:10 pm – 2:30 pm – Quimby Theatre
Workshop 2 – “Q & A with Hettie on Industry Expectations.” Open to theatre students.

Friday April 15th 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Quimby Theatre
Workshop 3 – “Musical Theatre Jazz Dance Class – Technique & Performance.” Open to all students, staff and faculty.

Friday April 15th 4:00 pm – Quimby Theatre
A Movement Presentation – a selection of students will perform a musical theatre jazz routine. Open to public.

Hettie Barnhill

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