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.

2017-2018 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 theatre_tickets@washcoll.edu

Interested in becoming an Honorary Producer?

 

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Professor Dale Daigle
March 1-3, Tawes Theatre

Stop Kiss by Diana Son
A Senior Directing Thesis from Mark Christie.
March 30-31, Tawes Theatre

Honorary Producers:  Kate Pynn Van Name ’91 and Joe Van Name ’90

Shakuntala by Kalidasa
A Senior Directing Thesis from Sofia Sidhu
April 6-7, Tawes Theatre 

Honorary Producer: John Beck ’05 and Carol Landis ’06

Spring Dance Concert, April 13-14,
Decker Theatre.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
By Kristoffer Diaz. A Senior Directing Thesis from Megan Iacona.
April 20-21, Tawes Theatre

Honorary Producers:  Mike Golze ’09 and Molly O’Connell ’10

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
A Senior Performance Thesis from Nate Krimmel
Directed by Brian Klose ’17 
April 27-28, Tawes Theatre

Almost Maine by John Cariani.
A Senior Directing Thesis from Abigail Wark,
December 1-2, Tawes Theatre.

Dance Concert, November 17-18,
Decker Theatre.

Spring Awakening by Franz Wedekind, translated by Jonathan Franzen. A Senior Directing Thesis from Rosie Alger,
November 10-11, Tawes Theatre. 

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.
A Senior Directing Thesis from Connor Lugo-Harris.  November 3-4, Tawes Theatre.

Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang. A Senior Directing Thesis from Emily Cao 
October 27-28, Tawes Theatre.

Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw, Directed by Professor Brendon Fox.
October 5-7 at 7:30, October 8 at 2:00
Decker Theatre (onstage seating).
October 8 at 2pm, Decker Theatre (onstage seating).

  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
    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
    ...
  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
     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

    ...
  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
    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
    ...
  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
    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
    ...
  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
    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
    ...
  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
    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
    ...
  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
    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

    ...
  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
    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,...
  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail
    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

     
    ...

 

  • A scene from Stop Kiss.
    Beginning this Friday, March 30, and continuing through April, come out and see WC seniors’ directing theses at the Tawes Theatre, featuring cast performances and crew support from Washington College students.
  • Theatre major Mark Christie ’18 directs a scene from his senior capstone project, Diane Son’s “Stop Kiss.”

    For his senior capstone project, theatre major Mark Christie ’18 is directing Stop Kiss, Diane Son’s 1998 drama about two young women whose first kiss changes their lives. The show runs March 30 and 31, in Tawes Theatre, beginning at 7:30 p.m.