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The Drama Department is committed to providing a comprehensive theatre education to our students and bringing the results to the community through vibrant, thought-provoking productions. We currently produce one production per semester.
Many students who are interested in theatre are eager to begin their careers. The Theatre Arts Certificate program will give them sufficient training to be able to join the professional work force without obtaining a B.A. They will obtain a wider range of knowledge and skills associated with the theatre, increasing their chances of working in the theatre in some capacity, whether it be in acting, stage management, or technical theatre. The practicum requirement also gives them practical experience working on an actual production. Students who wish to pursue an A.A. or B.A. may still choose the Communication Arts/Theatre Option program.
Fall 2017 Student Theatre Production
OPEN AUDITIONS! September 11-13, 2017
All students are welcome to audition for the next production, Clybourne Park! Sign up for a time slot at the bulletin board across from Room 1287 on the Marple Campus or contact Professor Stephen Smith by email.Scenes will be distributed at the audition.
Image: The spring 2017 musical production of "Urinetown"
Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Stephen Smith
November 9–11 & 16–18 at 7 p.m.
Large Auditorium | Academic Building | Marple Campus
$10 General Admission | BUY TICKETS NOW
Tickets also available at the door
Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground. (Source)