Cynthia Bates

I have many roles in the college. I am an Associate 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. I am also the co-Faculty Academic Coordinator (FAC) of the Schenectady location which is where my office is located. I am the co-Chair of the ESC Faculty and will be creating the role of the first ESC Ombuds Council Chair in 2020. 


  • 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