Events at a Glance

Creativity and collaboration are hallmarks of theater at Connecticut College

The College's theater program emphasizes both performance and study of literature and theory. We challenge students to work in all aspects of theater—acting, directing, playwriting, design, technical theater, dramaturgy and dramatic literature—so that they understand and engage in the process of creating theater, from initial creative spark to performance and post-performance evaluation and criticism.

We believe that a broad liberal arts education in theater produces graduates who are adaptable and self-directed. They are strong communicators, resourceful and resilient leaders, and creative and team-oriented collaborators. Theater study and training is ideal preparation for a life as a thinking artist and productive member of society.

You can participate in our main stage productions as well as in independent productions sponsored by the department or by student groups. Works recently staged include “Cloud Nine;” “Detroit;” “As You Like It;” “Four Dead in Ohio: Antigone at Kent State,” an ensemble-adaptation created by the students; and “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel,” a collaboration with the departments of music and dance.The College's performing arts series, onStage, brings professional theater companies to campus for performances and workshops.

Other highlights:

  • Any student can audition for virtually any theater production. You don't have to be a theater major to audition or take part in a production.
  • All students are eligible for up to $3,000 for an internship, so you can take everything you’ve learned and put it to work. You can intern anywhere in the world, or locally through the College's long-standing affiliations with the nearby Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, and the Labyrinth Theater Company, which holds its annual training and developmental retreat here on campus. In recent years, students have completed summer internships at NYC's Pearl Theatre, the Culture Project, Signature Theatre, and The Public Theater, among others.

  • Theater students may choose to polish their skills in conservatory-based study away programs, such as the National Theater Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center. Our students have studied theater in Russia, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Many theater majors intend to make theater their career—as actors, directors, playwrights, stage-managers, technicians, producers or educators. Connecticut College alumni are administrators in New York theaters, stage-managers for professional companies, and actors in regional repertory companies, on television and in film.

Visit the theater department's website for more on the student experience, study away, research and news and events.

 

Theater

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

Tansill Theater

Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.

By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Jude Sandy

A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. “We Are Proud to Present ...” takes place largely in a rehearsal room that descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors—three black and three white—attempt to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process. Eventually the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, and what seemed a faraway place and time comes all too close to home.

Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: $6 (General Admission)

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onStage Guest Artist Series, Theater

Scene from Theatre Re – “The Nature of Forgetting” by Danilo Moroni.
Image by Danilo Moroni

Theatre Re – “The Nature of Forgetting”

Palmer Auditorium

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

"Incredibly beautiful... 'The Nature of Forgetting' is an explosive, joyous celebration of remembering." - Exeunt Magazine

At the intersection of art and science, "The Nature of Forgetting" bursts with creativity, joy and heartache. Theatre Re has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real-life experiences. Through movement of great physicality and compelling live music, "The Nature of Forgetting" is the story of Tom — a middle-aged father struggling in the early stages of dementia. The piece, and Tom’s memories, are a life-affirming journey into a weakened mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated; a journey of shining humanity and celebration of a life well lived. A panel discussion will immediately follow the performance.

Presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Tickets: $24; Seniors: $21; Students: $12 (General Admission)

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Theater

Life is a Dream / La vida es sueño by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Tansill Theater

Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

Edited and Translated by Stanley Appelbaum
Directed by Ginny Anderson
In collaboration with Luis Gonzalez

To protect the country from the horrors prophesied, the young Prince Segismundo is condemned for all eternity to be shut away from his country and his birthright. Banished to a secret world high in the mountains and cut off from the sun, he can only dream of a life reversed: of palaces, empires, freedom - revenge... A classic from the Spanish Golden Age, Calderón's richly poetic, epic masterpiece explores illusion, reality, fate and destiny against the backdrop of a mythical Polish kingdom.

Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: $6 (General Admission)

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onStage Guest Artist Series, Theater

Image by Paula Court

Pickup Performance Co(s). - "Radicals in Miniature"

Tansill Theater

Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

Obie Award-winning playwright and performer Ain Gordon and percussionist Josh Quillen team up to recount and acknowledge the lives of people who lived on the fringe of society. Through personal recollection, they honor those individuals who made their mark on contemporary culture in the 1980s and 90s but who have disappeared from the historical record today. From the tax man to the cabaret legend John Sex, the stories are told with tenderness and honor. The performance stimulates us to reflect on and remember those individuals on the fringes of our own lives who impacted us greatly. A talk-back will follow each performance.

Tickets: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $10 (General Admission)

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Theater

Dee

Palmer Auditorium

Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.

A new musical written and directed by Kenneth Prestininzi

The musical, Dee, is the story of a working-class Italian-American young woman from Detroit who wants to break free from her have-nothing life with her mother and go out and conquer the world. The world rejects her. She sets out to make it love her anyway. Her journey is performed as a concert in a surreal make-believe 1980’s America and includes encounters with the King of Idols, Claire Voyent, Brat Ambition and her one true love, Pete Pentecost.

Tickets: $18; Seniors: $8; Students: $8; Military: $8 (General Admission)

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Theater Capstone Festival

Locations and times to be announced.

Thursday, April 25 through Monday, April 29

The Department of Theater ends the year with its 7th Annual Theater Capstone Festival, a collective opportunity for seniors to finish their college careers with a major creative project. We invite them to take risks, to deepen their work, to find their theatrical voices as actors, designers, directors, scholars, writers or beyond.