Theater & dance eyed for cuts

SUNY Potsdam Theatre and Dance students pose Wednesday before they rehearse “Continuum,” the senior choreographers’ concert. Performances are Thursday through Sunday during the LoKo Arts Festival on campus. Christopher Lenney/ Watertown Daily Times

POTSDAM — Five positions in SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Theatre and Dance are being eyed for the chopping block as the college faces a $5 million budget deficit.

Jay W. Pecora, the department chair, said the positions are being recommended for their contracts not being renewed by 2024.

Theater & dance eyed for cuts

Choreographed and directed by senior Jessica Madden, SUNY Potsdam dancers practice “In Echos and Waves” Wednesday. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

Theater & dance eyed for cuts

During a Wednesday rehearsal, dancers strike a pose after performing “HIVE,” choreographed by SUNY Potsdam senior Rosalin Batista. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

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One major difference betweeen Clarkson and SUNY Canton is that SUNY Potsdam has a history and a tradition of Theater and Dance. It has the facitlities - new and well-heralded. SUNY Potsdam has produced wide ranging world class performing arts and that distinguishes it in the North Country. St. Lawrence University does it too in a differnet way. We need both as a community. The students need options like SLU and SUNY Potsdam. Get off your duffs SUNY Potsdam administration. With the visit of the new SUNY Chancellor last week losts of publicity was spwed but what are the results......Without a viable and healthy Theater and Dance program the LOKI Festival loses its meaning. So does SUNY Potsdam. We are world class in Potsdam. Let's not lose it.

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