Arts & Culture

Project-based learning is central to Plymouth State University’s Fine and Performing Arts programs. Through artistic exploration, students develop essential problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and advocacy skills that are highly prized by today’s employers.

Plymouth State’s Integrated Clusters learning model breaks the mold when it comes to active participation. Whether you dream of a career in the arts or just can’t live without them, you will have many opportunities to combine your talents with students from other majors, and with faculty, staff, working artists, and community partners. We invite you to share your vision as a member of our creative community!

Art ProgramsDance ProgramsMusic ProgramsTheatre Arts Programs

Art Programs

Art | Graphic Design (BA and BFA); Painting, Printmaking,
and Drawing (BFA); Studio Art (BA and BFA)
Art Education | K–12 (BS and MAT)
Art History | (BA)

Minors
Art, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design,
Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

PSU Opportunities
Art Internships, Annual Exhibitions, Graphic Design Club, Student Art Collective, Students Exhibition Committee

Contact: Debra Stalnaker, dlstalnaker@plymouth.edu; (603) 535-2933

Dance Programs

Interdisciplinary Program
(BA) Integrates Dance with another focus such as Business or Theatre

Minors
Dance

PSU Opportunities
Dance Pedagogy, Dance Club, Dance Project (performance ensemble course), PSU Dance Team

Audition Requirements

Contact: Amanda Whitworth, aewhitworth@plymouth.edu; (603) 535-2713

Music Programs

Music | Contract Option (self-design), Music Technology, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy (BA programs)
Music Education | K–12 (BS)

Minors
Music

PSU Opportunities
Teaching Internships, American Choral Directors Association, Chamber Singers, Chamber Winds, Jazz Combos and Ensemble, Keyboard Accompanying, A Cappella Groups, Music Teachers National Association, National Association for Music Educators, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Drumline, Symphonic Band, University Chorale

Audition Requirements

Contact: Jonathan Santore, jsantore@plymouth.edu; (603) 535-2232

Theatre Arts Programs

Theatre Arts | Options: Acting, Dramatic Writing, Music Theatre Performance, Theatrical Design-Tech, Contract Options: Arts Management, Directing, Dramaturgy, Stage Management (BA programs)

Minors
Theatre, Interdisciplinary in Standardized Patient Training

PSU Opportunities
Co-curricular/performance opportunities, Gaiety School of Acting Program (Ireland), Music Theatre Company, New Play Development Lab and Public Readings, NH Educational Theatre Guild Conference, Open Mics, Plymouth Players/PlymProv (Improv Workshops/Performances), Production Practicums, Theatre Productions, Standardized Patient Simulations, Recitals, Tepper Semester through Syracuse University (New York City)

Audition Requirements

Contact: Paul Mroczka, pmroczka@plymouth.edu; (603) 535-2265

Arts Facilities

Plymouth State’s arts facilities are open to students of all majors through extracurricular activities, elective courses, clubs, exhibitions, recitals, and performances.

Silver Center for the Arts

Artists and art-lovers alike take inspiration from central New Hampshire’s premier arts venue. The Silver Center’s outstanding facilities include the 680-seat Hanaway Theatre, the 174-seat Smith Recital Hall designed for vocal and instrumental performances, the Studio Theatre for experimental “black box” theatre, Roland digital piano lab, MIDI lab, state-of-the-art Wenger rehearsal rooms, dance and acting studios, and costume and scene shops.

Music, theater, and dance are resident programs, and the Silver Center regularly raises the curtain on both timeless and avant-garde productions. It is also home to the Eagle Pond Authors Series, which pays tribute to New Hampshire’s Donald Hall, the late poet laureate of the United States; the Sidore Lecture Series, which addresses critical issues and events in politics, society, and culture; fine art exhibitions that complement the center’s dramatic architecture; and numerous regional festivals, workshops, and touring performers.

Museum of the White Mountains

PSU’s on-campus museum is home to the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, which hosts art exhibitions including the annual senior showcase, and an Open Laboratory that brings students from all majors together to work on art projects.

Draper & Maynard Building

PSU’s historic, renovated factory building boasts 12-foot high ceilings and outsized windows that bathe interiors in warm, natural light. “D&M” houses classrooms and studios dedicated to ceramics, drawing, graphic design, metals, woodworking, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, art education, and art history. The Art History Teaching Gallery and the Collins Gallery showcase student exhibitions.

Plymouth State is joining the ranks of Harvard, MIT, RISD, and other universities with “maker spaces” devoted to the arts. Industry-standard equipment, including a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router, plasma cutters, and 3D printers will enable students to tackle complex, large-scale projects. Students will gain hands-on experience working on University projects and by partnering with local and regional organizations, while acquiring teamwork and supervisory skills essential to successful careers.