HELP SAVE OUR THEATRE PROGRAM!
Hey y'all. College student here. I go to SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island, NY, and I want your help. Our Dean recently sent out an email and told us that our Theatre department is going to be dissolved into a service only program.
This means that no more students will be allowed to sign up as a theatre major or minor (while those already enrolled will be allowed to finish their program). Theatre classes will only be offered if they fulfill what we call Stony Brook Curriculums, which are gen-ed credits, so that would basically leave the 101 and other low-level courses that don’t really delve further into the subject.
In doing this, Stony Brook is really hurting a lot of people. Theatre majors, past and present will lose validity in their degrees; who cares about a theatre degree from a school that dissolved the program? Several professors may lose their jobs because there will be no courses for them to teach. Students who love theatre arts will no longer be able to create, act in, or produce their own shows (our New Works Festival will be impossible, since the shows are written, produced, and performed by current students). Any student who thought they would be able to learn more about the theatre arts will no longer have this professionally offered to them beyond basic 100 and 200 level courses.
What can we do about this? Stony Brook students have already created a petition, which at the time I’m posting this already has over 2,500 signatures, to be delivered to the Dean. We need to spread this as widely and as quickly as possible; Stony Brook must know we aren’t playing games with our arts and humanities. Additionally, we are organizing on-campus protests as a demonstration of our disappointment and dissent.
Theatre is so much more than a general education credit; it is a way to express oneself freely, to create something that you can share with others. For some of us, it’s our only outlet. Please, please, please help us save our theatre program. It means the world to us.
Sign the petition here. Sign it. Reblog it. Pass it on.
“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.”
― P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe