WHO WE ARE
The Department of Theater empowers our students with the critical and creative tools, the artistic courage, and the empathy that are essential to a fulfilling exploration of the world through theater. Our goal is to forge a strong sense of community based on respect, artistic endeavor, and collaboration, where all Dartmouth students can feel at home and thrive. We welcome and nurture theater majors and non-majors alike: as scholars, performers, designers, playwrights, stage managers, technicians, and audience members. We strive to create a learning community where all students, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin, or ability, are treated with equality and fairness, and where equity and inclusion are embraced as core artistic strengths.
Our department is composed of professional artists, scholars, and technicians teaching a rigorous academic curriculum and producing innovative and inspiring productions. Students also learn from exceptional visiting artists and guest faculty who teach in our classrooms and direct or design our productions.
WHAT WE DO
Theater Studies, Theater Practice: Our courses are broken into two categories. Theater Studies covers history, criticism, and theory, while Theater Practice includes acting, directing, design, playwriting, stage management, and technical production. Our Fall 2020 course offerings are described in full here, while our full 2020-21 schedule is available HERE.
Interested in Acting I? Because of extremely high demand, admission to some theater department courses is determined through a process of very informal instructor interviews. This includes THEA 30: Acting I, our most popular course. More information about enrolling in Acting I and how to sign up for an instructor interview is available HERE. Remember: these are interviews, NOT auditions!
What we produce: From popular musicals to original pieces to devised work, our stages are bursting with a wide range of productions. MainStage productions will give you the chance to work in close partnership with professional directors and designers, while student-driven productions offer many opportunities to lead the way as an actor, director, designer, stage manager, or playwright.
Auditions: Hoping to audition this fall? Upcoming performance opportunities are always posted on the auditions page of our website HERE. The first auditions of the fall 2020 term will be held September 17-18, for the department's radio-play remote production of Faith, Hope, and Charity by Odo von Horvath. Details on those auditions are coming soon!
Get involved this fall! Students interested in getting involved with the dept should make sure to join us at our fall term department showcase, which will be held via Zoom at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 23. Students leading fall term theater projects will share details about their remote work, while Department Chair Dan Kotlowitz and Director of Theater Jamie Horton will share updates regarding the 2020-21 season. Email Milena Zuccotti for a Zoom link to that event!
Theater in the time of COVID: Our dept has been steadily producing remote performances since March; you can read about and/or view our spring 2020 projects HERE, while one of our most recent summer projects is viewable HERE. We will continue to create and explore the possibilities of remote performance with our students until we can get back onto our stages - and we expect that some of what we discover will stay with us long after the current crisis has faded into the past. Whether remote or in person, we will be producing theater this year!
Come work with us! Want to make some great theater? The Scene and Costume Shops are always looking for students interested in technical theater. Learn the nuts and bolts of set construction, theatrical electrics, props building, stitching and draping, and more....No previous experience necessary! For more information, email Technical Director Jason Merwin. NOTE: work-study opportunities will be very limited in the fall term due to COVID-19, but we STRONGLY encourage you to reach out now to express interest and get your name onto the list for future terms!
WHERE WE GO
The London FSP: Every summer, theater majors, and minors participating in our Theater Foreign Study Program spend ten weeks studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), one of the world's great performance training grounds. The program offers students an intensive conservatory experience while also taking advantage of London's incomparable theatrical tradition and vibrant cultural scene. We are very hopeful that we will be able to return to London in summer 2021. CLICK HERE for all the details!
FIND OUT MORE
Sign up for our e-newsletter! The best way to stay updated on theater dept auditions, performances, events, courses, and other activities events and activities is to sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter. Sign up HERE!
More questions? Academic Coordinator Paula Holwerda and Department Administrator Milena Zuccotti are available anytime to answer your questions or share more information about any aspect of our programming. Email us today!