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Cynthia Bates

I am a Professor of the Arts and I teach primarily in theater, performance studies, and film. I am also the Chair of the Arts and Media Department so any inquiries about courses, faculty, degree plans, performances, arts showcases and more should be directed to me. 


  • B.A. in Political Science from Siena College
  • M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts
  • D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale University


  • Encyclopedia Entries (16) in The Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Stage Actors, edited by Simon Williams. 2015. Print.
  • “Mentoring as Deep Listening.” All About Mentoring (Empire State College), Issue 44, February/March 2014. Print.
  • “War Stories: An Incredible Journey.”(co-written with Dr. Elaine Handley and Claudia Hough) All About Mentoring (Empire State College), Issue 43, Summer 2013: 4-10. Print.
  • “Family Farms of Loudonville: The Brizzell Family Farm.” The Elm Tree (Greater Loudonville Association), Fall 2010: 1, 4-5. Print.
  • “Production Notes.” Performing Arts (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), February 1999. Print.
  • “Moving Forward, Looking Back.” (co-written with Christopher deHaan and Rebecca Rugg) Theater, Vol. 28, No. 3, 1998: 71-79. Print.
  • “ARTNOW: A (Stumbling) Movement Towards Arts Advocacy,” TDR, Vol. 42, No. 1 (T157), Spring 1998: 122-158. Print.