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.

2018-2019 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? 

Dreaming Brave and True

By Stephen Spotswood ’99
Directed by Professor Dale Daigle
October 3-4, Tawes Theatre 

These Shining Lives

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 

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


November 30 at 7:30 and December 1 at 2pm,  Decker Theatre

Staged Readings of Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes and Men On Boats by Jacklyn Backhaus
Directed by Professor Brendon Fox
February 14-16, Tawes Theatre

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

by Mois├ęs Kaufman
Directed by Jacqueline Glenn
March 22-23, Tawes Theatre

by Annie Baker
Directed by John Leslie
Featuring Patrick Huff
April 5 – 6, Norman James Theater

by Michael Yates Crowley
Directed by Elizabeth Clemens
April 12-13, Tawes Theatre


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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
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    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
  • Stepheney Wilson ’20 with her students in Zanzibar.

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

  • Ali Zdrojewski ’19 on the streets of New York.

    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 (back row, second from right) with her fellow PlayPenn interns.

    Rosie Alger ’18, a double major in theater and anthropology, interned this summer at the 2018 PlayPenn New Play Development Conference in Philadelphia.