The Department of Theatre Arts presents a variety of productions each year: a faculty-directed play is presented each semester in the Norton Clapp Theatre, a festival of student-directed scenes and one acts is offered in the fall and the Senior Theatre Festival is eagerly attended every spring. Recent faculty-directed productions include Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays, Charles Mee's Iphigenia 2.0, Sara Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening (from the play by Frank Wedekind), Shakespeare's As You Like It, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, Horton Foote's A Trip to Bountiful, C. Rosalind Bell's The New Orleans Monologues, and Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Plays directed by students as part of our Senior Theatre Festival include Shakespeare’s Macbeth, David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face, Paul Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Mary Zimmerman's The Secret in the Wings, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Charles Mee's Big Love, and Caryl Churchill's Top Girls.
Guest Artists and Scholars
The Matthew Norton Clapp Endowment for Visiting Artists enriches campus life by bringing distinguished innovators of contemporary theatre to campus for workshops and presentations. Past guest artists have included Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights Edward Albee and Robert Schenkkan along with Bill T. Jones, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Holly Hughes, Steven Dietz, Russell Davis, C. Rosalind Bell, and many others from theatres and universities across North America.
The Department of Theatre Arts encourages all university students, regardless of major, to participate in all aspects of theatrical production, both onstage and behind the scenes. Functioning independently of the department, the ASUPS Bare Bones Collective and other student-initiated groups present an exciting variety of theatre throughout the year in Rausch Auditorium and other campus venues.