Marymount Manhattan


Department of Theatre Arts

BA in Theatre Arts

The BA in Theatre Arts offers the opportunity for study in seven different concentrations within the major. 

The following concentrations do not require an audition and/or interview for acceptance:

The following concentrations require an audition and/or interview for acceptance:

Students applying for the Performance & Digital Media, Theatre Studies, or Writing for the Stage concentrations that would like to be considered for a Theatre Arts Award should visit Acceptd to upload the required materials for scholarship consideration. 

The BA in Theatre Arts major requires 42-credit hours in theatre courses to complete and is a flexible program that creates opportunities for choice within the Theatre Arts curriculum. Often BA in Theatre Arts students study in more than one concentration and many double major in the College’s liberal arts curriculum.

The BA in Theatre Arts major, with its seven concentrations, offers students an opportunity to study with New York theatre professionals, to work on main stage productions, establish professional contacts, and obtain internships with some of New York’s major theatres and professional organizations. Since Marymount Manhattan is an undergraduate college, students do not compete with graduate students for design, directing, stage management, acting, dramaturgy, and playwriting opportunities. Every semester, qualified students work on main stage productions, Directing Projects, and Playwright/Director/Actor Workshops.


  • Jill Stevenson
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Mary Fleischer
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    Professor of Theatre Arts
    Chair, Department of Theatre Arts

  • John Basil
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Robert Dutiel
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Kevin Connell
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Recruiter for Theatre Arts

    KEVIN CONNELL is currently a Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where he serves as Coordinator of Junior and Senior Acting and Recruiter for the Department of Theatre Arts. He attended The Ohio State University (B.F.A.) and the University of California, San Diego (M.F.A.).
  • Mark Ringer
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Mark Ringer is a Professor of Theatre at MMC. He has worked as an actor, director, and dramaturge throughout the United States and Europe. His translations of Euripides’ “Bacchae” and Lessing’s “Nathan the Wise” have received successful performances as have several of his adaptations. He was seen Off Broadway as Polonius in two different stagings of “The Heart of My Mystery: The Hamlet Project”, an adaptation which he co-authored. His one- play fusion of Shakespeare’ s “Henry IV Parts I and II” was produced at the Shakespearean Theatre of Maine, a production in which he also played Falstaff. He has worked professionally on productions of half of Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Patricia Simon
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

    Coordinator for Musical Theatre Program

  • Ray Recht
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

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  • Sydney Maresca
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    Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

  • Timothy Johnson
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    Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts-Acting

  • Richard Niles
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Ellen Orenstein
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

    Ellen Orenstein is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and the Coordinator for Freshman/Sophomore Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Washington.
  • Barbara Adrian
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

  • David Mold
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    Professor of Theatre Arts
    Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts

  • Christine Riley
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    Visiting Instructor