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Eduardo Maguey Barrera ’13 never considered working on a stage crew until he discovered IC’s theater production classes freshman year. A television-radio major, Barrera says he wanted to learn skills that would help him with a future in television production.


Ever dream of taking the stage at the Met? Love listening to recordings of Pavarotti or Maria Callas? Can’t get enough of La Boheme or Madame Butterfly? Then you’ll be interested in Opera Workshop, a two-credit course offered by the School of Music that introduces students to the field of opera in today’s society -- and to the hard work it takes to meet the standards for entering the professional opera business.


As undergraduates, many theater arts management students intern on tour shows such as Grease and Spring Awakening. Graduates of the program land behind-the-scenes jobs on Broadway (Jersey Boys, Wicked), in Vegas (Cirque du Soleil, Rent), and everywhere in between.


“Being in the [theater arts] program is what it must be like to have spiritual faith,” says Madison Ryckman, ’11, costume designer for Top Girls, Ithaca College’s first main stage production of the season. Faith might be a good descriptor for the small family of theater students, who must rely on each other to transform each written play into an actual performance.


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