We do plays. We make dances.
Washington College theatre and dance students play many different characters and many different roles behind-the-scenes, while learning about the theatrical and dance arts and about themselves. As a theatre major, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of acting, directing, and production, explore the history of theatre, and learn to act and think imaginatively.
Whatever your interests, there is something for you in WC Theatre & Dance. Majors can write a script, perform, direct, stage manage, or design a show to complete their senior capstone experience. Courses in history, acting, directing, design and dramaturgy prepare our students for internships in cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., graduate work, and careers in the theatre and many other fields. Theatre and dance minors may also take advantage of the many artistic and academic opportunities available through the department. A THE or DAN minor offers students across campus an opportunity to enrich their college experience, to create interdisciplinary connections with their academic major, and to lay the foundation for lifelong participation in the arts.
In Fall 2009, the renovated Gibson Center for the Arts became the centerpiece of the department, providing a state-of-the-art environment for performers, choreographers, directors, technicians, and audiences.
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Dreaming, Brave and True
By Stephen Spotswood ’99
Directed by Professor Dale Daigle
October 4-5, Tawes Theatre
by Melanie Marnich
Directed by Rachel Treglia
November 2-3, Tawes Theatre
by Joe Orton
Directed by Colin Higgins
Nov 9-10, Tawes Theatre
By A. R. Gurney
Directed by Katie Peacock
November 16-17, Tawes Theatre
Nov. 30 at 7:30 and Dec. 1 at 2pm
The second annual dance concert will feature a wide range of choreography by dance minor students, alumni, faculty, and guest artists. This year’s guest artists include Andrew Matte of First State Ballet Theatre, Benjamin Sterling Cannon (whose performance credits include Broadway and North Carolina Ballet Theatre), and Washington College alumna Melissa Walters (’04) who teaches theatre and dance at Kent County High School. Dancescape is directed by A.T. Moffett.
by Moisés Kaufman
Directed by Jacqueline Glenn
March 22-23, Tawes Theatre
by Larry Shue
Directed by Megan Stagg
March 29-30 2019, Tawes Theatre
by Michael Yates Crowley
Directed by Elizabeth Clemens
April 12-13 or 19-20, Tawes Theatre
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Merrick, young and horribly deformed, has earned a living as...
Mace is a professional wrestler. He’s a really good professional wrestler. He’s not the champion though – that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma
Kalidasa’s Shakuntala is an ancient Indian myth about found, lost and found love. When two lovers, King Dushyanta and Shakuntala, are torn away from each other after a series of encounters with bad...
Callie is a New York City traffic reporter that has spent her entire life avoiding confrontation and limiting change. Sara is a courageous school teacher that chose to quit her job teaching at...
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on...
Almost, Maine is comprised of nine short stories that explore the price of love in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.By John Cariani...
Set in the heavily repressed world of 1892 Germany, Spring Awakening is the radical tale of a group of teenagers struggling to find their place as they grow into adults. The play was banned and...
A Senior Directing Thesis from Connor Lugo-Harris, A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha,...
David Henry Hwang’s play Yellow Face employs a broken, nonlinear narrative that blurs the line between fact and fiction. When the character DHH gets embroiled in a controversy regarding casting – in two
Dance minors Ali Zdrojewski ’19 and Kaitlynn Ecker ’18 traveled to New York City this summer to study tap at Broadway Dance Center.
Rosie Alger ’18, a double major in theater and anthropology, interned this summer at the 2018 PlayPenn New Play Development Conference in Philadelphia.
Kaitlyn Fowler ’17, who graduated with departmental honors in English and theater, is touring this summer with The Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford.