Department of

Theatre & Dance

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.

2019-2020 Performances

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

For ticket reservations, go to the eventbrite page. If you have any questions, send an email to

Interested in becoming an Honorary Producer? 

by Liz Duffy Adams
Directed by Prof. Brendon Fox
Tawes Theatre, Oct 3-5, 2019

Small Mouth Sounds
by Bess Wohl
A Directing SCE from Kelly Young
A Stage Management SCE from Jackie Dulaff
Tawes Theatre, Oct 25-26, 2019

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen, adapted by Kate Hamill
A Performance SCE from Abbey Kostecki
Decker Theatre, Nov 1-2, 2019

The Foreigner
by Larry Shue
A Directing SCE from Megan Stagg
Decker Theatre, Nov 8-9, 2019

I and You
by Lauren Gunderson
A Directing SCE from Hannah Sauer
Tawes Theatre, Nov 15-16, 2019

Dancescape 2019
Directed by Prof. A.T. Moffett
Decker Theatre, Nov 22-23, 2019

The Effect
by Lucy Prebble
A Performance SCE from Lexy Ricketts
Tawes Theatre, March 27-28, 2020

Skeleton Crew
by Dominique Morisseau
A Directing SCE from Stephaney Wilson
Tawes Theatre, April 3-4, 2020

by Jean Anouilh
A Performance SCE from Chris Hanna
Tawes Theatre, April 10-11, 2020

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    A comedy of manners, set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine. Presumably, each story is focused around a different family during different time periods throughout the 20th

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    These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs


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    In Dreaming, Brave and True  seven high school students grapple with life, love, and identity in a modern companion piece to Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 
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    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
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     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

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    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
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    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
  • Mark Christie '18 is using his theatre degree to raise important social questions.
    Most people start conversations with a word. Mark Christie starts them with a character, a stage, and questions that aren’t always easy to answer.
  • Greg Schaefer '07 (left) and Matt Biringer '05 (right) recently hosted theatre major John Leslie '19 (center) at New York'...

    This resourceful pair of alumni are raising the curtain on opportunities for graduating fellow theatre majors.

  • Stepheney Wilson ’20 with her students in Zanzibar.

    A double major in biology and theater introduces dramatic arts to schoolchildren in Zanzibar.