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Independent Playhouse

About Us

Interested in helping a playwrighting workshop?
Want to practice your script-reading skills?
Want to direct your own show? 

The Independent Playhouse is founded on the principles of creativity and constructive criticism. Members of the Independent Playhouse will be able to express their creativity by writing a play or having the opportunity to direct a show. Likewise, the Playhouse will be an open learning arts community where students will help other students by giving feedback on the student written plays. The purpose of the Independent Playhouse is to create a space where students have the opportunity to write, perform and direct strictly student written plays using Norman James Theatre. The main objective of the Playhouse is for students of all years and majors to gain experience in the world of theatre whether it is acting, writing or directing.

Email Phaedra Scott ( for more information on how to get involved. 

Upcoming Productions

  • Inherit: By Any Means Necessary - Written by Harris Allgeier; Directed by Zach Weidner — February 23rd @ 8PM, February 24th @ 2PM
  • Others to be announced!

Past Productions

Fall 2012

  • An Evening of One Acts:
    • Curiosity Killed the Cat Written by Val Dunn ‘15; Directed by Sam Bitzelberger ‘14
    • Who Is Smeesh?Written by Reilly Cox ‘16; Directed by Anna Baldwin ‘16
    • I’m Not the One - Written by Kay Wicker ‘13; Directed by Adam Bechtold ‘16
  • A Night of One Acts:
    • Death: Attorney at Law - Written by Nick O’Meally ‘15; Directed by Zach Weidner ‘14
    • Complex - Written by Matt Ridge ‘15; Directed by Mike Liberto ‘14
  • May Contain Peanuts - Written by Mike Canavan ‘15; Directed by Tye Van Horn ‘15 

Spring 2012

  • Give Her AwayWritten by Valerie Dunn ‘15; Directed by Kristen Hammond ‘14 - 

“A (new-age) love story. 
Boy meets girl, girl is lesbian, boy and girl get engaged, comedy ensues.
A story of unrequited love and moving on.”

  • The Third Estate - Written by Patrick Derrickson ‘15; Directed by Tamayo Kamimura -


  • Cross PollinationWritten by Rob Wilson ‘13; Directed by Andrea Clarke ‘14 -

“The show runs under an hour and explores the consequences of an alien abduction gone wrong. Hilarity ensues. A stellar musical score is played.”