Students News

“Experiencing Black Theater in America” Exhibition

Students in Professor Ndounou’s spring ’19 course, THEA 10.55/AAAS 32.15 Curating a National Black Theater Museum, curated an exhibit currently being displayed at the Rauner Library. “Experiencing Black Theater in America” will be on display in the Rauner Special Collections Library’s Class of 1965 Galleries from June 7—Sept. 6, 2019.

Find more detailed information about the exhibit in Dartmouth Rauner Special Collections Library
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Playwright Celeste Jennings '18 at Northern Stage

Northern Stage's annual January festival of original work, New Works Now, will be taking place January 18 & 19 in White River Junction, VT. This year's festival will include a staged reading of Citrus, a new play by alumna Celeste Jennings '18. Jennings developed Citrus over a two-year period during her time at Dartmouth; the play became the focus of a Senior Fellowship project that culminated with a spring 2018 production in the Bentley Theater. An original choreopoem, Citrus follows the emotional journeys of tribulation, struggle, and resilience among Black women from 1840 to present day; the play explores almost two hundred years of history through movement, costume, and poetry an a powerful and moving homage to Black women of the past, present, and future.

Spotlight on the Cast and Company of "Eclipsed"

The Department of Theater's Fall MainStage production of Eclipsed opens Friday, November 2 in the Moore Theater! Danai Gurira's harrowing play tells the story of five women whose lives have been set on a nightmarish detour by the Second Liberian Civil War; the play celebrates their strength and humanity in a  powerful portrait of survival, transformation, and renewal. The cast includes:

Stella Asa '22
Naomi Agnew '20
Michaela Benton '22
Stephanie Everett '19
Esther Oluokun '20

The cast was recently profiled by the Hopkins Center's Hop Backstage blog: read all about them here and here! For those wishing to hear more from them, they will be participating in a post-show discussion immediately after the performance on Friday night, November 9. 

Theater Students to Perform with the FringeNYC Festival

The 2017 Frost Playwriting Competition winner If It Isn't You is headed to the Big Apple!

Written by Tess McGuinness '18, the production will be performed at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City as part of the 2018 FringeNYC Festival. Originally directed by Jamie Horton in July 2017, the cast includes:

Davin Polk '19, Theater Major
Brooke Goldner '19, Theater Major
Malcolm Joung '19, Theater Minor
Owen Page '19, Theater Minor 

Spotlight on 1984: Visceral, Modern, Immediate

The Theater Department's Winter Term MainStage production of 1984 opened on February 16. Directed by Professor Peter Hackett, the production was a fast-paced, mixed-media adaptation that underscored the up-to-the-minute relevance of Orwell’s 1949 classic about political tyranny and disinformation.

The Dartmouth News recently featured the production; that article can be found HERE. The Hopkins Center's backstage blog recently posted an interview with cast member Savannah Miller '21. And the Upper Valley's regional newspaper the Valley News has just published a piece spotlighting the work of cast member Kate Budney '21, a native of Hanover NH who appeared on the Dartmouth stage for the first time last term in the student-produced production of Medea; read that article HERE.

Playwright Stephanie Everett '19 at Northern Stage

Theater Minor Stephanie Everett '19 has just finished up an e-term at Northern Stage that included performing in their production of The Little Mermaid, but her work on their stage will continue later this month! A staged reading of Steph's play It's Fine, I'm Fine will be performed on January 19 at 7:30 pm as part of Northern Stage's New Works Now New Play Festival. Northern Stage is a LORT-D professional regional theater led by Artistic Director and Dartmouth Professor Carol Dunne; this is the first time that the work of a Dartmouth undergraduate has been included in their annual January offering of new plays.

Steph's play summary reads:

Spotlight on Cabaret: Designers, Cast, and More

The Department's Fall 2017 MainStage production of Cabaret is here! The rehearsal process is at an end, the design components have come togethe, and the audience members are headed to their seats. The production has been in the spotlight throughout the fall with a myriad of articles and features highlighting different aspects of the creative process and various members of the cast.

A Look Back: Five Productions, One Exceptional Spring Term

Over the course of a single extraordinary 2017 spring term, the Theater Department was privileged to support the production of five distinct student-driven theatrical pieces: works conceived, written, directed, designed, and/or performed by Dartmouth undergraduate women. Dartmouth students Olivia Powell '17 and Christian Williams '19 were commisioned to document the Spring Term's productions, and have produced the trailer below:

 

The Spring 2017 Term's productions included:

Behind the scenes of "Cabaret" this fall

The Hopkins Center for the Arts is spotlighting the Theater Department's Fall 2017 MainStage production of Cabaret with a series of pieces written by Maggie Baird '18, a theater minor interning with the Hop's Outreach team during her senior year. Her latest installment spotlights the production's fantastic student stage management team. Visit the "HOP Backstage" blog to read about their remarkable work. Maggie herself is featured on the Hop's website here!

Theater Major Virginia Ogden '18 , who will be performing the role of the Emcee, was recently featured in The Dartmouth's "Student Spotlight" Series; read the interview here!

Cabaret will perform in the Moore Theater November 3-5 and 9-12; more details HERE.

 

 

Join Us for An Encore Presentation of "If It Isn't You"

The Department of Theater is thrilled to announce the encore presentation of the award winning play, If It Isn't You, by Tess McGuinness '18. Please join us for two performances on Tuesday, September 12th at 5pm and 8pm in the Bentley Theater. Tickets are $4 each available at the HOP Box Office beginning September 8.

The piece is directed by Director of Theater, Professor Jamie Horton, and the cast features Brooke Goldner '19, Malcolm Joung '19, Owen Page '19 and Davin Polk '19.

Scenic Design by Will Maresco  ’19
Costume Design by Armando Ortiz ’19
Lighting Design by Jennifer Reiser ’09
Sound Design by Christian D. Williams ‘19
Stage Management by Kyla Mermejo-Varga ’17